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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: Fri, 4 Sep 2009 19:43:11 +0100 (BST)

Dear esteemed recipient,

You have to confirm your win by sending an email with your full
name,Address,Mobile phone number and your winning code.You have been
selected due to the fact that you have sent more than 3 txts/email
messages in 2months.

Endeavour to Call +393291895768 and ask for Mr.Marco Ferera (Claims
Director) to confirm your Two Million United States Dollar win.

Quote code: 09PAD when calling to your claims director.

Or when sending an email response,send to:
This is an opportunity you cannot afford to missout on.Get back to us Now!!!

Enalotto Award Team.

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