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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:

Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2009 12:02:38 -0000
Subject: Winner

BATCH No: 573881545-NL/2009
TICKET No:PP 3502 /8707-01
Dear Winner,
Your e-mail address was attached to E-Ticket
Number:PP 3502 /8707-01, Ref:
UK/9420X2/68 and Batch: 573881545-NL/2009.
subsequently won you the sum of
One Million And Two Hundred Thousand Great
British Pound
in category "B" with Ref: UK/9420X2/68.
Contact Person:
Mr. Well Paulson
For: The U.K National Lottery.
Tel: +44-7035-924-138

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