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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: "Publisher's Clearing House" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <pchlottoprize@pcmail.com.tw>
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2011 10:19:23 +0100
Subject: PCH Winner Notification

382 Channel Drive
Port Washington, New York 11050
U.S.A.

GOOD DAY WE ARE FROM THE PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE (PCH), YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WON YOU ONE MILLION US DOLLARS ($1,000,000.00 USD) IN THIS WEEK PCH LOTTO, YOU ARE TO CONTACT OUR PRIZE PATROL MANAGER. PLEASE NOTE,IF YOU ARE NOT THE RIGHTFUL OWNER OF THIS EMAIL,DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS MAIL THANKS.

PRIZE PATROL MANAGER: Mr Dave Sayer
EMAIL: pchlottoprize@pcmail.com.tw

YOU ARE REQUIRE TO SEND THE INFORMATION BELOW TO PROCESS YOUR CLAIM
FULL NAME:
ADDRESS:
SEX:
AGE:
PHONE NUMBER:
PRESENT COUNTRY:

REGARDS,
Mr Dave Sayer
Executive Director
PCH PRIZE PATROL

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