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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 22 Dec 2013 00:33:52 +0530

Your email address emerged as a winner in the EXXON MOBIL AWARD 2013
promotional Award, held on 21st November 2013 in UK, with the lucky
number: 09 14 24 25 42 48 (05).
All participants for the on-line version were selected randomly from
the World Wide Web through a computer draw system and extracted from over
100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online.
And as a result you have been granted the lump sum payout of
(700,000.00G.B.P) Great British Pounds.
Contact your claims officer: Mr. Samuel Palmisano on Email:
you are to forward the following details to enable him
clear your file for immediate payment:
1. Full Names:.....{}
2. Address:.....{}
3. Age: ......{}
4. Sex:....{}
5. Marital Status: .{}
6. Occupation:.....{}
7. mobile numbers: ....{}
8. Fax number:......{}
9. Country: .....{}
10.Amount won.....()
11.Email address...()
Mrs. Lara Richard
Online Coordinator.

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