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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: "Nicklas Andersson" <>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2008 00:19:05 +0100
Subject: NOTIFICATION OF PRIZE WIN--Contact Release Agent Now!

La Loterie Romande
Rue Marterey13,
1002 Lausanne,

Reference : LR/19-CH/9642,
Batch : LR/07/18


You are hereby notified that your email identity has won EUR 1 000 000 (One million Euro) after our final email draws condcuted last week. Your ID was atached to serial number : 25-6395 and drew the winning numbers;

For further instructions and release details, please contact your assigned agent, Mr.Mac' Grant by his email below;

Mr.Mac Grant
Foreign Services Manager, London Office.
Phone: 00447024037055, Fax: 00448709745641

Your claims agent will assist you in the processing and remittance of your prize funds into your designated bank account.

Note that all prize funds must be claimed not later than three weeks. After this date, all funds will be returned to the lottery treasury as 'Unclaimed'. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please endeavor to quote your reference (LR/19-CH/9642) and batch numbers (LR/07/18) in every correspondence with your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change in your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.

Congratulations once again!

Yours faithfully,
Jean-Pierre Beuret.
Managing Director,
La Loterie Romande.



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