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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: Wed, 12 Aug 2009 18:44:10 +0200

Dear Promotional Winner,

We are happy to announce you as one of our lucky winners in our first ever
Jackpot Joy promotion. This promotion was carried out to announce our
emergence as one of the fastest growing lottery companies worldwide.

Your inclusion into this promotion was made possible by your
personal/official email, which was selected from a wide range of emails by
our new JAVA-based software.You have therefore been selected for a large
sum of ?460,000.00 Great British Pounds. You are to contact the below
agent for remittance of your prize money to you.

Mr. Robert Funnell
Tel: +44-704-570-1460

You are to forward your winning number, which is lucky 10 along with the
below information to the above agent via email immediately:

1. Name in full:
2. Address:
3. Phone/Fax:
4. Occupation:

Note: Remember to include your winning number (lucky 10) to avoid
complications.Have a fun filled day.

Emmanuela Cole (Mrs),
Jackpot joy.

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