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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: "International Lotto Promotion" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2010 02.08.19 +0100
Subject: Final ©Electronic© Notification

Final Notification!!!

For the Last time, we are pleased to notify you of your Windows© E-Award for 2.5, million. Please confirm if you received our previous message with;

E-ticket number: 7219231BB-988,
Category: A,
Draw: 6756
Amount: 2.5, million Dollars

You may establish contact with the Enquiry Officer via the e-mail address below with the information's necessary: Name:, Address:, Phone:, Cell Phone:, Email:, Alternative Email:, Occupation:, and E-ticket number:

Enquiry officer: Damien Lewis, Tel: +31 626 006 051 Ext; 1000, E-Mail: []

NOTE: You are expected to contact the Enquiry Officer for details of claims.

Mrs.Martha Hans.
Promotions Co-ordinator

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