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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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Fraud email example:

From: "EURO MILLIONS INC" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jan 2010 13:25:22 -0800
Subject: Congratulations once more! !! !!! !!!!!(Your E-Mail Address Won 600,000:00)

Dear Lucky Winner,

We are pleased to announce you as one of the 10 lucky winners in our EURO MILLION LOTTERY DRAW held on 3rd January 2010.Your email address emerged along side nine others in the category of winners in this year's Annual Free Lottery Draw. All 10 winning email addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 50,000,000 international emails. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of €600,000.00 (Six Hundred Thousand Euros).NO TICKETS WERE SOLD

The following particulars are attached to your lotto payment order:

i) Bonus Numbers: IPP/1555002244/05/UK ii) Email Ticket Number: ES34/044/ILP/SL/UK, iii) Lotto code Number: FL/099/87/, iv) File Ref Number: FL/31270-0/UK

To file your claims of 600,000.00 (Six Hundred Thousand Euros),you have to fill the below information completely and submit it to our fiduciary claims agent for documentation and processing of your lottery winning certificate:

Your Name In Full......
Your Nationality...
Your Present Address......
Your Sex Gender/Age......
Your Occupation......
Your Mobile Phone Number......

Lottery Claims Agent: Dr. Richard Kerry
Phone Number: +447045713815

On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Euro Millions Association (E.M.A) Draw Promotion, kindly accept our warmest congratulations.

Rev. Martin Wills
Promotions Manager.

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