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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: "Catherine Monroe" <>
Date: Mon, 01 Aug 2011 20:27:02 -0500
Subject: You have won Euro

Brookmount House,
116 Chandos Place,
Covent Garden,
United Kingdom.

Email Ticket Number 01, 17, 31, 43 and 47
reply to E-mail to:

You have won Euro (One million Euro) in the Euro Millions Email Worldwide Sweepstakes Jackpot Bonanza, held on the 1st of August 2011. In London,United Kingdom. Please contact the agency for the claim.

contact person: Mr.Bruce Anderson
TEL: +44-755-348-4351 Fax: +44-703-195-2966
reply to E-mail to:

Below are your Winning
Information's:Email Ticket Number 01, 18, 32, 41, 46
Lucy Star Numbers:03 05
Reference Number: 68-55-2-12-47-66-4
Draw Lucky Number:9-17-11-17-37/*5*7
Batch Number :MKPN36545
Serial Number: QPY546572

You are to fill in the informations below along with your winning information for confirmation.

1. Full Name:
2. Full Address:
3. Occupation:
4. Age/Sex:
5. Phone Number:
6. Nationality
7. Country:

Note, All winning must be claim not later than August 25th, 2011.

Mrs. Daisy Walker.

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