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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: "WORLDWIDE | LOTTERY | COMPANY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 6 Mar 2011 04:32:18 +0530

Grand Royale London Hyde Park
1C Inverness Terrace, Westminster,
London W2 3JP, United Kingdom.


Congratulations you have won $2,500,000.00 and a brand new apple laptop from the WorldwideLotto Organization.

We are glad to inform you that you have won a prize money of Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($2,500,000.00) Only,and a brand new apple Laptop in our last WorldwideLotto promotional draw.The online WorldwideLotto draws was conducted from an exclusive list of data base addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from world internet log base.

WorldwideLotto is the global gateway to a $230 billion dollar lottery industry, the largest lottery in the world, and the opportunity to fund humanitarian needs that Wants you to win and the world to win. "One World - One Lottery" defines the universal scope and "Betting For a Better World" establishes the philosophy of the company, Implementing this commitment requires a reliable funding solution which is easily understood and within the reach of every person. worldwide Structured on small individuals, investments, shared and expandable on a universal scale, Worldwide Lottery is that solution to win millions of money and this are the reason why we are congratulation you as the 2011 winner of the year.

Full Name:
Telephone Number:
Fax Number:
Home Address:
Date Of Birth:
Office Address:

Further more for your claims of $2,500,000.00, you are advice to responds for guidance for you to receive your winning money.

This is the final notification of your winning kindly responds immediately, TAKE NOTE THAT IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND URGENTLY FOR CLAIMS OUR ADMINISTRATOR WILL CLEAR YOU FROM OUR DATA LOG FINALLY.

Tel: 00447014239574
Claims Director

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