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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: =?iso-8859-1?Q?=AE_ATM_Jackpot_Lottery?= <>
Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2010 07:05:58 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Tickets No. lotto/2010/ATM

Free internet lotteries!
Online Lottery Jackpot!
Tickets No. lotto/2010/ATM

Office mail:

Dear Lucky Winner,

You have won ATM CARD valued ONE MILLION USD (US$1,000,000.00) From The
Free internet lotteries, Which your e-mail address have been Chosen today
on the 13th July 2010, To free lotto Tickets No. lotto/2010/ATM.

Please forward below details via email.

Name: Mr. Mark Rollins
Tel No.: +234-703-584-3138

1. Full Name:
2. Address:
3. Occupation:
4. Country:
5. Telephone:
6. Sex:
7. Age:
8. How Do You Feel As A Winner:

Prizes must be claimed within 4 weeks of draw results. Prizes may be claimed
through the results section of the member control panel. Prizes are claimed
on a per-week basis. only one claim submission will be required.
Successful claims will be honoured within 60 days of claim.

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