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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: "Mark & Cindy Hill" <mc-h03@tampabay.rr.com>
Reply-To: mrmark668@yahoo.com
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:35:19 -0600
Subject: COMPLETE VERIFICATION

Greetings.... I am Mr Mark Hill from Dearborn MO. 64439 USA. I won $294 million in the Powerball Millions Lottery as introduced on Friday, November 30, 2012 by Missouri Lottery Officials.

Please share in my joy and verify this by visiting: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/25/missouri-powerball-winner_n_2749795.html

Ensure you view the above link / website.

It is a thing of joy for my family; Hence the need to disburse fraction of our winnings; to Good spirited individuals, Churches, Orphanages and Charities.

Your email was drawn under the individual category. To confirm that your email is active and eligible to claim grant, send an email comprising the below;

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Full Name:
Address:
Country:
Age:
Occupation:
Sex:
Mobile/Tel:
Scan copy of identification:
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For claims, forward above details via email to: hills73844@yahoo.com

Mark Hill,
Dearborn MO. 64439
USA.
Email: hills73844@yahoo.com

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