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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: "Laura" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2010 20:28:44 +0200
Subject: Batch Number:612775428-SP/2010

This is to inform you that your Email Address attached to a Ticket Number:31987954 has won the prize Sum of: Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Euros (450,000.00) Euros, in an Email Zenith Lottery award promotion. Held in Nederlands. To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent: Prize Processing Officer

Mr.Frank Dorek
LUCKY NO: 40/23/44/72/10
Ref Number: 67218/501-4242/ES
Batch Number:612775428-SP/2010
PROMOTION DATE: 29th of July 2010

Full names:

Please note that you will be required to pay for the issuance of your legal back up and legalization of certificate of deposit document in court, All winnings must be claimed not later than 15 days,

Sincerely Yours
Laura Andaluss.

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