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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: "Irish Lottery Promo" <>
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2009 03:59:52 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Congratulations

Dear Winner,

Your E-mail I:D have won You A FreeLotto Prize Of £1.000.000 GBP Approved
by the IRISH FOUNDATION PROMO (I.F.P)in 2009 charity bonanza. Based on
random selection exercise of internet websites,millions of
e-mail,worldwide, your e-mail ID. were selected among the 10 lucky winner
to receive the prize of £1.000.000 charity donations/Aid from IRISH
Promo Programme held on the 05 of June, 2009.

Mr Ferguson Wright
Tell: +44 703-596-1615

You are therefore requested to contact immediately your Claims Agent (Mr
Ferguson Wright) quoting winning information.


1. Full Names:
2. Address:
3. Your Age:
4. Country:
4. Telephone Number.......
5. Mode Of Payment (A) Bank Transfer (B) Courier Deliver

Once Again Congratulations!!!

Joyce Kelvin[Mrs].
Chairman & CEO ,
Material Copyright © 2009 The Lottery Co. Ltd.

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