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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: "ACCU LOTTO ONLINE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <atlanticogrupo@mycin.net>
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 2010 23:25:06 -0700
Subject: Attn:Beneficiary,

Attn:Beneficiary,

Be Informed that your e-mail ID emerged winner of 1,200,000.00 Euros in our computer balloting
system drawn from the world wide web results of the 2010 electronic online E-mail sweepstakes
organized by Accu Lotto Online in conjuction with the Alliance Members of Inter.Net Award.
We request you to pay serious attention to this notification by contacting the claims Agent with
claim information's and procedures of claim.Your winning in informations Ticket Nr.: C:38 R:9,
Reference Nr.: 5687SPL876.

Please contact the FOREIGN TRANSFER MANAGER of Accu Claims Deparment,
with the below information.

Your Names .......................
Your Country .....................
Your Phone No ....................
Your Occupation :.................
Your Age .........................
Sex ..............................

Accu Security Company S.A.
Contact:Dr.Gabriel Sanchez
Tel: +34-666-692-632
E-Mail: atlanticogrupo@mycin.net

Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Marcelo Dean.
Public Relation Officer.

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