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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: Mon, 10 Nov 2008 09:07:04 -0500

We happily announce to you the Yearly Draw Result of the GRAND PRIME PROMO. Your participation for this Online Lottery was selected from your e-mail domain and your e-mail luckily won a raffle ticket that entered you for the yearly draw today.lucky numbers 43-10-42-37-10-43.You have therefore been approved to legally claim a total sum of Six Million United States Dollars., Please contact our claim agent Mr John M Moll via below Email; { }, Tel; +44 70457 87160 with your NAME,ADDRESS & TEL NUMBER,For Funds Release.

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and
intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they
are addressed. If you have received this email in error, please notify
the sender.

This footnote also confirms that this email message has been swept for the presence of computer viruses.


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