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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: "Mike" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 4 Apr 2010 08:30:15 +0200
Subject: Award1z

Award promotion

We wish to inform you that your email address won 450,000,00 Euros in an
Luckyday International Award Prize promotion on 3th April,2010 for claim of award
prize contact.

Mr.Frank Dorek

Batch Nr: 905 Ticket Nr: 886 Ref Nr: RN 544 LUCKY NO: 40/23/44/72/10

Full names

Please note All winnings must be claimed not later than 15 days,

Yours Sincerely,
Mike Zerman.

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