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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: "ESPN Star Award Prize" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 14:37:46 +0530

You have just been awarded the sum of £1,000,000.00GBP Only which was won by your E-MAIL Address in our 2011 Espn Star Cricket Award Lottery Company held in London. Do get back to this office with your requirement via

Dr.Smith Agency S.L
Contact Officer: Graham Smith
OFFICE TEL NO: +447011147245
Names :............
Address :................
Country :...............
Phone No :..............
Occupation :..............
Age :................
Sex :.................

Dr. John Bosco Williams,
Officer In-charge of Claims
Public Welfare Department,
Espn Star Cricket Award Company
London, United Kingdom

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