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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: "Petra van Wijk." <>
Date: Mon, 31 May 2010 17:24:58 -0000 (GMT)
Subject: Confirm your award!

Confirm your award!

Online Email Sweepstakes program Cisco Network Inc.,
This is to inform you that your Email Address attached to a Ticket Number
(712-118-2010) has won the prize Sum of 500,000.00 Euro (Five hundred
thousand Euro Only),in an Email Sweepstakes program held on the 28th May

contact person: Dr. Richmond Williams

TEL: +31-683-312-468

reply to E-mail to:

Below are your Winning Datas:
Email Ticket Number 612118-312006
Reference Number: HP914711/31
Batch Number : 00/7119/ILPP/HLPN
Serial Number: 124554-21

Please note that all winning must be claim not later than 20th June 2010.

Suzan Howard

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