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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 lotto" <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2011 02:51:47 +0200 (CAT)
Subject: Contact: Mr Dave Sayer

101 Winners Circle
Port Washington, NY 11053-4016

This mail is to inform you that your email address just won you
$1,000,000.00 USD in this weeks publisher's clearing house lotto.

For details of claim you are to contact our online officer with the below

Contact: Mr Dave Sayer

With The below info's:
1.Full Names:
2.Full Address:
3.Marital Status:
8.Country Of Residence:
9.Telephone Number:

Yours Truly,
Mr Charles Bates
Co-ordinator(Online Promo Programme)

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