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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: "info org" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 10:48:31 +0100
Subject: GOOD NEWS

If you are the correct owner of this email address then be glad this day as
the result of the UK lotto online e-mail address free-ticket winning draws
of 1st Feb, 2008 has just been released and we are glad to announce to you
that your email address won you the sweeptakes in the first category and
you are entitled to claim the sum of US$4.6Million. Your email addresses was
entered for the online draw on this Ticket Number: APP236566301307 and won
on this Lucky Number: MX014926583. You are to contact Rev.Dr.Paul Allen on
the below email address for quick delivery of your won cheque of US$4.6M.
Know that all winners cheque are certifie cashiers and when delivered and
received by you, you can cash it in any bank of any country. To enable
Rev.Dr.Paul Allen ascertain you as the rightful winner and receiver of the
$4.6Million cheque, MAKE SURE you include the below listed information in
your contact mail to him.Your country of origin and country of
residence/work, complete official names, amount won, free ticket and lucky
numbers, date of draw,address where your wish to receive your winnings
cheque, contact telephone and mobile numbers. OPTIONAL :- [Sex:
age,occupation and job title].

Rev.Dr.Paul Allen
(Director of Operations and Logistics)
Email-Address: ( )

Just incase you are thinking of how you won without entering then knowagain
that this very draw of the UK Lottery Organization in which you have emerged
as a winner was a free ticket online email address draws where thousands of
email addresses was collected from almost all world wide websites and used
for the online draws/sweeptakes and during winners selection your email
address came out among the first ten which won you the lottery in the first
winnings category and entitles you to claim the cheque of $4,600,000.
From:Online Winning Notification Department,

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