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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: Sat, 17 Jul 2010 02:49:18 +0200
Subject: Success Alert

11 G Lower Dorset Street,
Dublin 1, Ireland.

Dear Lucky Winner,

Confirmation Reference Number: 78-45-2-12-47-66-4
Reply E-mail to:

You have won 1,500.000.00 Euro (One Million Five Hundred Thousand Euro) in the
Irish Millions E-mail Sweepstakes Lottery, held on the 16th of July 2010. In
Dublin, Ireland. Please contact the agency (Mezra Finance Ltd) for
your claims.

Contact person: Welch Webber (Sir)
Tel: +353 (0)868843177
Fax: +353 (0)818 901728

Underneath are your Winning Information's:
Email Ticket Number 15-21-4-19-27-44
Reference Number: 78-45-2-12-47-66-4
Draw Lucky Number:8-17-10-13-37/*5*7
Batch Number: JKPN44521412
Serial Number: HMML235524453

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 July 30th, 2010.

Mrs. Kimberly G Renvill.
Lottery Co-ordinate.

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