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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: "Suzan Vivienne Benard" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 4 Apr 2010 04:25:27 +0200
Subject: Confirm your prize

Cisco Network Online Email Sweepstakes program
This is to inform you that your Email Address attached to a Ticket Number
(174-872-195) has won the prize Sum of EUR 500,000.00 Only (Five Hundred Thousand
Euro Only), in an Email Sweepstakes program held on the 3rd April 2010.

contact person: Dr. Richie Williams
TEL: +31-6833-12468
reply to E-mail to:

Below are your Winning Datas:
Ticket Number 174-872-195
Reference Number: 4612-9882
Draw Lucky Number: 86-139-737
Batch Number :JKPN231412
Serial Number: HMML124403

Please note that all winning must be claim not later than 25th April 2010.

Mrs. Suzan Vivienne Benard

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