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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 16:29:38 +0100

Ref. Number: 132/756/4534
Batch number: 638901527-AMB/02

Sir/ Madam,

We are pleased to inform you of the lottery result winners of EURO INTERNATIONAL
programmes held on 5th December 2004. Your e-mail address was attached to
ticket number 278511465896-6452 with your serial number 3772-554 drew you
a lucky number 3-14-18-23-31-45 which consequently won in the first category,you
are therefore been approved for lump sum pay out of US$ 1,000,000 (One million
United states Dollars) CONGRATULATIONS ! ! ! Due to mix up of some numbers
and names, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential
until your claims has been processed and your money remitted to your nominated
bank. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claims and unwarranted
abuse of this programme by some participants. All participants were selected
through an e-mail balloting. This promotional programme takes place every
three years.To file for your claim, please contact our fiducially agent:
TEL:0034 650 241 611
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 29th December
2004. Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications, remember to quote your reference number and batch
number in all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any
change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.
Once again congratulations .
Best regards,
Mrs. Emily Simon,
Lottery coordinator.

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