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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: "Uk Lottery Organization" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <vcs776@yahoo.co.jp>
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2011 01:42:27 +0800
Subject: Your Email Address Has Won $4.6M!!!

  UK-MALAYSIA LOTTERY ORGANIZATION
TICKET FREE/ONLINE E-MAIL ADDRESS WINNINGS DEPARTMENT.
          
UK-MALAYSIA LOTTO ONLINE WINNINGS NOTIFICATION OF US$4.6M.
If you are the correct owner of this email address,be glad this day as the result of the UK-Malaysia lottery Online E-mail Winning draws and sweepstakes held in KUALA LUMPUR MALAYSIA on the 1st of April  2011 has just been released and we are glad to announce to you that your e-mail address has won you the lottery in the first category and you are entitled to claim the sum of US$4.6M.
Your email address was entered for the online draw on Lucky 7852UKLDT911Q17S
You are to contact Mr. chan Juel on the below email address for quick delivery of your won cheque of US$4.6M. All winners cheque are certified cashiers and are cashable in any country of any part of the world. To enable the us ascertain you as the rightful receiver of the cheque, include the below listed information in your contact mail.
Your country, complete official names, contact telephone, mobile and fax numbers, amount won, sex, age, occupation and job title, address where your wish to receive your winnings cheque,  lucky number and lastly then date/venue of draw.
Email-Address:  vcs776@yahoo.co.jp
Contact Agent: Mr. Chan Juel
 
Yours Truly,
Co-ordinator.
UK-MALAYSIA LOTTERY ORGANIZATION

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