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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: "infocas" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 4 Dec 2009 20:05:34 +0100
Subject: Final program.

Final program.

We wish to inform you that your email address won 550, 000, 00 Euros in an International Award Prize promotion on 30th November 2009 for claim of award prize contact.

Name: Mr.Luis Cataldo

Batch Nr: 498 Ticket Nr: 898 Ref Nr: XA 840

must be claimed not later than 27th December 2009.

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs Camila Vicenza.

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