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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: "AUSTRALIAN LOTTERY INC" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 13:44:17 +0100
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS..............

Ref: 475061725
Date: 20/01/2010
Batch: 7056490902/188
Winning No: GB8701/LPRC
Dear Sir / Madam,
We are pleased to inform you of your prize release in Jan 2010 from-Aurie international e-lottery program. Which is entirely based on electronic selection of winners using their e-mail addresses from some sites.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number; 47061725 07056490902 serial number 7741137002 This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows 5-13-33-37-42bonus number17, which consequently I won the lottery in the second category.
You hereby have been approved a lump sum payment of $ 500,000..00 (five hundred thousand dollars) in cash credit file ref: ILP / HW 47509/02 from the total cash prize Common among eight lucky winners in this category.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn form Nine of thousands of email addresses from Africa, Australia, America, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Oceania as part our International Promotions Program which is held twice a year.
This lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the citizens. Moreover, your
Detailed information (email address) is included in our Euro-African Mission in Africa and Europe, as indicated, and your prize US $ 500,000.00 will be released to you from this regional branch office in Africa.
We hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes in a 1,3 million international draw.
Just contact our judicial system agent, Rev.Father Frank by phone ( in the file for your claim. Please
to quote your reference, the party and winning number which can be found in the upper left corner of this notification, as well as your full name, address and telephone number to help locate your file easily.
For security reasons, we advice all winners to this confidential information from the public until your claim is processed and your prize Released to you.
This is part of our security protocols to avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this programmer by non-participant or unofficial personnel.
Note, all winnings MUST be claimed before 19th Feb of 2010, otherwise all funds will be referred to as unclaimed and eventually returned to the national Treasury.
Hence the return alongside your winning details the following:
Full Name ...........
Complete and exact address .......
Birthday ........
Profession ......
Private telephone / mobile number ........
Congratulations again on your winnings!
Best regards
MRS Carol Smith.
Contact your claims agent (
and call him +2348036710621 FOR MORE FEATURES..
Any breach of confidentiality, PART
Winners will result in disqualification

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