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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:

Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 07:18:06 -0700
Subject: Re: Ref: 26YBWLW/9967451/01

Kindly accept my congratulations for being selected as one of the
lucky winners. The onus is on you to satisfy the Board that you are
really the winner by complying with the requirements.
Please to claim your prize, kindly forward your following winning
details listed hereunder to the processing manager to enable him
submit your claims to the department of Claims and Verification to
ascertain the authenticity of your claim.
1. Your ticket number.
2. Your Serial number.
3. Your lucky numbers
4. The amount you won.
5. Your Full names
6. Your present occupation and the name of your business or company.
7. Your full and complete residential address.
8. Your Direct and private telephone and fax numbers.
As soon as the above details are received, it will be taken to the
verification department for submission as the department requested for
official documentation of your details which will enable the approval
and issuance of your winning certificate and other documents which
will be sent to you.
Remember that due to the maximum time frame allowed for winners to
claim their prizes, you do not need to waste time in claiming your
winning fund. This is why you have to comply with instructions given
to you as swiftly as possible to enable you receive your money soon.
Kindly state clearly your winning details to avoid making payments to
a wrong person.
Best Regard,
Mr. Scott Anderson
Phone + 44 703 184 2071

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