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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:

Date: Sun, 30 May 2010 00:02:41 +0200
Subject: EU International Lotto.

EU International Lotto.

Your email address has won you One Million Euro, from EU International
Lotto, all the E-mail addresses were selected from a data base of
internet e-mail users, from which your e-mail address came out as the
winning coupon.

Expiring date 30th of June, 2010. Contact our winning claims Agency
below with your winning number: EU/ILO-564/003/008.

EU International Lotto Agency.
Miss. Gillian Rowland.
Director of winning claim department.
TEL: 0031-620-669-926

Mrs. Eva Johnson.
Promotion Award Co-Coordinator.

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