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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: "ECOWAS DONATIO 2009" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 10:14:42 -0600

Ecowas Donations 2009
101 Yakubu Gowon Cresent
Asokoro District P.M.B. 401
Abuja, Nigeria.
Tel: +2348050519427
Visit our website on

This is to inform you that you have won a prize
money of One Million United States Dollars, ($1,000,000.00)
for the year 2009 Lottery promotion which is organized by

ECOWAS DONATIONS 2009, collects all the
email addresses of the people that are active online,
among the millions that subscribed to the Internet.we
only select five people every Year as our winners through
electronic balloting System without the winner
applying,we congratulate you for being one of the people selected.

You are to contact the events manager on or
before your date of Claim, Winners Shall be paid
in accordance with his/her Settlement Centre.Ecowas
Donations Prize must be claimed no later than 10 days
from date of Draw Notification after the Draw date in
which Prize has won. Any prize not claimed
within this period will be forfeited.

These are your identification numbers:

Batch number.....................ECW 09102XN
Reff number.......................ECW35447XN
Winning number...................ECW09788

These numbers fall within your Location file,
you are requested to contact the events manager/Claims Department,
send your winning identification numbers to him,to enable him verify
your claims.

Name:Mr.Fred William
Thank you and Accept my hearty congratulations once again!

Yours faithfully,
Mrs.Andrea Florence Nima
(Ecowas Donations Games/Lottery Coordinator).

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