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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: "CONFIRM NOW!!!!!!" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 13:23:07 -0200
Subject: CONFIRM NOW!!!!!!

Euro Millions Lottery.
Hoge Wei 28, 2011 Zaventem,
Euro Millions are Affiliate of Belgium National (BNL).

We are pleased to inform you of the result of One Millions Euros Lottery,
which was held On the 27th, December 2006? Your e-mail address attached
to e-ticket number: 05-32-44-45-50 (01-07), with Prize Number (match 3):
106000007 drew a prize Of 1,000,000.00 (One Million Euros). This lucky
draw came first in the 2nd Category of the Sweepstake.
You will receive the sum of 1,000,000.00 (One Million Euros) from our
Authorized bank. Because of some mix-up with sweepstake prizes, including
The time limited placed on the payment of your prize: 1,000,000.00 Euros,
Advice that you keep all information about this prize confidential until
Your funds: 1,000,000.00 Euros have been transferred to you by our bank.
Must adhere to this instruction, strictly, to avoid any delay with the
of your funds to your Person. This program has been abused severally in
so we are doing our Best to forestall further occurrence of false claims.
This sweepstake was conducted under the watchful eyes of 8,000 spectators.
Your e-mail address attached to e-ticket number 05-32-44-45-50 (01-07) was
Selected and; it came out first by an e-ballot draw from over 250,000
Addresses (personal and corporate e-mail addresses). This program is
Sponsored by CFI to compensate faithful internet suffers around the globe.
Congratulations for becoming one of the few lucky winners.
With your permission, your e-mail will also be included in the next
Sweepstake of Ten Million Euros ( You must claim y our
1,000,000.00 Euros not later than 7-days from the moment you receive this
In order to Avoid unnecessary delays with your claim from the bank; please
contact them
Immediately, and quote your winning and personal information now, and in
Your correspondence with the bank. Here is the contact information:
Bank: Largest Heypotheekofferte Bank. N.L.
Attention: James Wilson.
Karspeldreef 6A, 1101 CJ, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Telephone: +31 645 551 173.
Fax :( +3184) 725 5682.
Furnish them with the following:
(i). your name(s),
(ii) Your telephone and fax numbers
(iii) Your contact address
(iv) Your winning information (including amount won).
Congratulations. Yours Faithfully
Vjertis Von Adrian (Ms.) CPA.
Coordinator: Euro Millions.

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