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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: =?utf-8?q?Lottery=20Organization?= <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 05:49:57 -0700 (PDT)

¡Tengo nueva dirección de correo!Ahora puedes escribirme

- FROM: BANGKOK THAILAND LOTTERY PROMOTIONS. Are you the owner of this email address or do you have authorized access to it in the absence of the owner? If yes then have every reason to rejoice as the result of the Bangkok Thailand lottery, free ticket and online e-mail address draws of 28th May 2008 has just been released and guess what? Your email address won you the sweepstakes in the first category and you are entitled to claim the sum of Four Million, Six Hundred Thousand USA Dollars. You are to contact our representative on the below email address for available options on how to receive your winnings fund. Note that Mr John Brown might fail to recognize you as the true winner and receiver of the US$4,600,000 if you fail to include the following in your contact mail to him. So do not fail to contact Mr John Brown. with the following personal and claims information. Your country of origin and country of residence/work, complete official names, address, amount won, free ticket and lucky numbers, date of draw, contact telephone and mobile numbers. OPTIONAL: - [Sex-male, age, occupation and job title]. Mr John Brown. E-mail Address: Your email address won the online lottery on this Free Ticket Number: APP236566301307 and Lucky Number: Mx014926583. From: Dr Fidelix Own Online Winning Notification Department, BANGKOK-THAILAND LOTTERY PROMOTIONS.

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