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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2008 15:07:45 GMT
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?YOU_HAVE_WON_=A31=2C850=2C000_?=

We happily announce to you the Online promo result of the UK
NATIONAL LOTTERY=2Conline Sweepstakes International programme held on 21=
st =

October=2C 2008 in London=2C UNITED-KINGDOM=2E Your e-mail address
attached to Serial number 5368/02=2Clucky number 6-10-11-19-22-46-40 wo=
n you
the lottery in the 2nd category i=2Eematch 5=2E You have therefore been =
to claim a total sum of
=A31=2C850=2C000( One Million Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand POUNDS
STERLING)=2C credited to file ktu/9023118308/03=2E This is from a
total cash prize of =A318=2C745=2C605 Pounds=2C shared amongst the fir=
thirteen (13) lucky winners in this category of all world wide email
address in the Microsoft and commerce database used for the draw=2E
To file for your claim=2C please contact our claims agent With the
below details(HLP FORM)=3B
Official=3A Brian Adams
Email=3A fiduciarybadams14=40hotmail=2Ecom
Tel=3A +44 703 1995 650 =

1=2EFull Name=3A
2=2EFull Address=3A
3=2EMarital Status=3A
8=2ECountry Of Residence=3A
9=2ETelephone Number=3A

NOTE=3AYou must send you details to this email =7Bfiduciarybadams14=40h=
Dont reply to me=2Cbecause if you do=2Cyou wont be responsed to

Yours Truly=2C
John Moore
Co-ordinator(Online Promo Programme=7D

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