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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: "" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2009 16:25:16 +0100
Subject: Confirmation Email Serial N. DI230-511.

Confirmation Email Serial N. DI230-511

Dear Email ID Owner/ Beneficiary!!!
Contact your claim agent within 24 hours (Mr.Miro David William)
TEL: 0034-67-2803-260

Reference Nr. M/509/2KP, Ticket Nr. ESP/434-89, your email aaddress has won (753,930.24 EUROS) by EuroMillones Intl computer balloting system drawn, held 23th of octubre 2009. In Madrid (SPAIN). This email was sent to notify you officially about the award and to advise you to contact the processing office immediately for claim Reply to This Email: and

Your Full Name & Telephone Number with Reference number and Ticket Number for your payment.


Mrs. Angel Susana Bragado.
Online co-ordinator.

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