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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: Steven Cole <>
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2007 03:27:15 -0600

Attn:Hedy Kirsh,

I am in receipt of your which stated that your want to confirm the authentication of the confidential winning notification letter sent to you.I am your claims officer and i will be guiding you on how you will redeem your winning prize.

You are to funished me with the requested informations below:

1.Name:2.Address:3.Marital Status:4.Occupation:5.Age:6.Sex:7.Nationality:8.Country Of Residence:9.Telephone Number:10.Fax Number:11.Email Address:12.Your Lucky Numbers:13.Reference Number above;

As soon as that is provided i will be giving you other directive on what to do next to make sure you get your winning prize.Be aware that FREELOTTO LOTTERY does not collect any money from any of our winners but our payment bank might ask for transfer fees before they can transfer your winning prize to your nominated account in your country.Why,because their are not allow by law to deduct from the wiining prize before it get to the winners.

Be aware that you do have a stipulated time to claim your winning,otherwise it will be reverted back to the next edition of the draw.

I wish you good luck and congratulation on behalf of all of us.

Steven Cole,
Claims officer
PHONE: +44 701 113 7675.

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