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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: "The National Lottery" <>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2008 19:47:33 +0400
Subject: Winning Notification Mail.

Dear Winner, This is to inform you that you have emerged winner
of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY.You have therefore been
approved to claim a total sum of 1,000,000.00 (One Million
Pounds Sterling)To file for your claim,Please contact our
fiduciary agent and Provide her with the information below so as
to enable her process your claims: 1.Name: 2.Address:
3.Marital Status: 4.Occupation: 5.Age: 6.Sex: 7.Nationality:
8.Country Of Residence: 9.Telephone Number: Contact Mrs.
Katrina Humph Email: Sir. Richard
K. Lloyd Online Co-ordinator UK National Lottery

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