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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: "" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2010 22:19:15 +0200
Subject: Reply for confirmation.

Attn: Email ID owner,

Your email ID emerged among recipients of 1.500.000.00 Euro in category A of the email promotion.
For claims quote Batch nr: SPYU6868, Ref. nr: 5687SPL876. You will continue to receive reminders
until final transfer of prize to your account.

Contact Claim Dept for claims via Email: [or]
[Or] Fax:+31- 847 549 511.

Note: This is an automatic message do not click on your reply button send all details to this
Email: [or]

Send: 1.Names/Address........2. Occupation........3.Tel/Fax........ 4. Nationality........

This is a reward program for the patronage of internet services and all email addresses entered
for this promotional draws were randomly selected from an internet resource
database of registered software and domain users.

From: The Co-ordinator.
(Alliance Member of International Net Award)

Anti-fraud resources: