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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: Addison Cole <>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 21:17:34 +0000
Subject: REF NO: EML/ 56-TF-8890776 {TREAT AS URGENT}

Watford, Head Office and Regional Centre EuroMillions,
Tolpits Lane, Watford, Herts,
WD18 9RN
United Kingdom.

REF NO: EML/ 56-TF-8890776
BATCH: 109/91300/EML

ATTN: Prize Winner,

Good day and how are you doing today. This is to inform you that the lottery company will want to know the reason why the courier delivery company in charge of the delivery of your winning package to you have not made your delivery.

In case you have not made contact with the courier delivery company before, please find below the contact details of the courier delivery company for you to make contact immediately to conclude delivery arrangement of your winning package in their possession.

The Courier Company is as below again:

Contact Details are:
City Link Ltd.
Customer Service: Mr. Tony Smith
22, Riverbank Avenue,
Watford, HertfordshireWD24 7LU, United Kingdom.

Tel: +44 704 570 6169,
+44 704 570 6181.

It is my pleasure being of service to you. Once again, Congratulations. For further information concerning your winnings you can contact this office on the telephone number below.

Addison Cole (Mr.)
Tel: +44-701-114-9593.
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