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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: "Mrs.Teresa Lewis" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2012 18:11:01 +0100
Subject: Facebook Email Lottery promo

This is officially inform you that you have won our face book lottery promo amount
4.5 million dollars after the verification of your face book file.

You are advise to get back to us very fast with the below information

Your Private Email address...............

2. Phone and fax number...........

3.Your Home Address ............

4. Your age and current occupation

5. Attach copy of your identification

Face book International lottery Settlement Dept
Mrs.Teresa Lewis

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