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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: (sent from abused email account)
Reply-To: <fereras57@italymail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 21.07.19 +0200
Subject: CONGRATULATION ENALOTTO WINNER!!!

Dear esteemed recipient,

You have to confirm your win by sending an email with your full details.
this is your winning code:09PAD when calling your claims director.
due to the fact that you have sent more than 3 txts/email messages in
2months your email have won Two Million United States Dollar in our ENALOTTO ONLINE PROGRAM.

Claims Manager:
Name:Mr Marco Ferera
Enalotto Claims Department
Phone: +393291895768
Email: enalotteryoffice@yahoo.com.hk

You are advised to send the following information to your Claims Agent to facilitate the release of your fund to you.

1. First name.............................................................
2. Last Name..............................................................
3. Country................................................................
4. Contact Address........................................................
5. Telephone Number.......................................................
6. Fax Number.............................................................
7. Marital Status.........................................................
8. Occupation.............................................................
9. My Date of birth.......................................................
10. Sex...................................................................

He shall immediately commence the process that will facilitate the release of your fund to you.

Congratulations!! Once again.

Kind Regards,
Mr Marco Ferera

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