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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: "Odd Vorhaug" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2010 11:09:54 +0200
Subject: VS:


Fra: Mrs. Daisy Morgan []
Sendt: 4. juni 2010 07:51
Til: undisclosed-recipients:

Brookmount House,
105 Chandos Place,
Covent Garden,
United Kingdom.

Email Ticket Number 01, 17, 31, 43 and 47
reply to E-mail

You have won Euro (One million Euro) in the Euro Millions
WoldWide Sweepstakes Jackpot, held on the 2nd of June 2010. In London,United

Kingdom. Please contact the agency for the claim.

contact person: Mr.Frank Daniels
TEL: +44-755-348-4351 Fax: +44-703-195-2966
reply to E-mail

Below are your Winning
Information's:Email Ticket Number 01, 17, 31, 43 and 47
Lucy Star Numbers:02 03
Reference Number: 78-45-2-12-47-66-4
Draw Lucky Number:8-17-10-13-37/*5*7
Batch Number :MKPN36521
Serial Number: QPY542596

You are to fill in the informations below along with your winning
for confirmation.

1. Full Name:
2. Full Address:
3. Occupation:
4. Age/Sex:
5. Phone Number:
6. Country:

Note, All winning must be claim not later than June 15th, 2010.

Mrs. Daisy, Morgan.

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