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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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Please note about this email:

Fraud email example:

From: "lottery winners" <>
Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2005 22:52:22 +0000

  E.A.A.S Lottery
  175 Woodhill Road
  kidbrooke,se3 9nn
  london, uk.

 Dear Winner,
 Your ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/05  drew the lucky number: 22
 Congratulations, you have just won yourself $2.5 million USD in the satellite software email lottery in which e-mail addresses are picked randomly by software powered by the Internet.You email address was amongst those chosen this quarter and you are to contact our Financial Controller for Clearance. Here are the contact info:
 Financial controller:
 Mr Brick Waynes Williams
 phone no:+447023058844
 You are to forward the following details to enable us clear your file for immediate payment:
 1.Full Names:
 5.Marital Status: 
 7.Phone and fax numbers :
 Yours faithfully,
  Sir williams ben.
 Cyber Analyst


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