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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Mon, 07 Sep 2009 23:27:15 GMT
Subject: ***Your email address as been selected***

20 Craven Park, Harlesden
London NW10,United Kingdom
Ref: BTD/968/09
Batch: 409978E.

Dear Internet User,


This is to inform you that the sum of £500.000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Great Britain Pounds) has been awarded to you as cash grant from the Microsoft and AOL Company for this year 2009 cash grant Award.

Your email address as indicated was drawn and attached to ticket number 080775787555 with serial numbers BTD/0257903122/07 and drew the lucky numbers 04-06-09-90-09-22(07) which subsequently won you £500.000 (Five Hundred Thousand Great Britain Pounds)The draws registered as Draw number one was conducted in Brockley,London United Kingdom on the 4th of September 2009.

Contact your fiduciary agent Mr. Lampard Jeol, Head Winning Claims Dept.Email:, Tel: +44 7045785875 with the information listed below.

1. Full Names:
2. Home Address:
3. Age:
4. Sex:
5. Marital Status:
6. Occupation:
7. Phone numbers:
8. Country:

Mr. Mathew Conf
Head Customer Care Service

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