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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: "Lottery Notification" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 13 Dec 2009 02:16:13 -0800
Subject: Congratulations


Attn User:

This is to notify you that this e-mail address was entered during the Euromillion
lottery selection Draw and has won the sum of $950.000.00 (Nine Hundred And Fifty
thousand dollars only). For claim please contact the below company for immediate process of your claim; Rememebr to quote
these numbers below for verification by the company. REF: PP-21180-ES and BATCH:
PP-245-44 you should include Your Name, Address, Sex, Age, Occupation,
Nationality, Phone Number

Dr. Fred walter (Claim Director)
Tel; Tel:+34-634-130-267

Mrs. Anita Carlos
Euromillion co-ordinator

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