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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "BRITISH LOTTERY" <info@lotto.com>
Reply-To: callymartins401@admin.in.th
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 2009 03:26:19 +0800
Subject: FINAL NOTIFICATIONS!!!!!

Attn: Winner,

You won the sum of 500,000.00 GBP Great British Pounds Sterlinngs from our
monthly sweepstakes.Your email address was among the five lucky winner in our
computer email ballot,You are hereby advice to contact the courier company,to
claim your prize.
CONTACT COURIER PROMOTION MANAGER WITH DETAILS BELOW;

PPPAY COURIER UK CORRESPONDENCE:Mr Cally Martins.

TEL : +44-701-113-3045
FAX : + 44-707-505-5654
EMAIL: callymartins401@admin.in.th

PLEASE NOTE: NON RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM ARE TO BEAR EXPENSES FOR
THIER COURIER DELIVERY.
Claims Requirements:

1.full name:
2.Home Address:
3.Age:
4.Sex:
5.Marital Status:
6.Phone Number:
7.Passport Photograph:
8.Nationality :
9.Country Of Residence:
10.Occupation:

Regards,
Cally Martins

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