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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: "Mr. Dave Sayer" <>
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2010 11:05:30 -0500 (EST)

We are please to announce to you that your email address emerged along
side 4 others as a category winner in this year\'s weekly Publishers
Clearing House PCH lotto
You have won One million dollars and have been approved for a total pay
out of One million dollars ($1,000,000.00 USD)
The following particulars are attached to your lotto payment order:
winning numbers :7-1-4-8-7 -3 email ticket
number: FL 654/29/75

Contact claims officer with the Contact info below
Mr. Todd Sloan

Winner you must send their
1.Name in full:
7.Phone number:
8.Present Country:

This information is to process the immediate payment of your winning prize.
Best Regards,
Mr. Dave Sayer
Publishers Clearing House

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