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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: "Irene Collen" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 07:34:04 +0200
Subject: ## E-Millionaire Award 2010 ##

E-millionaire Award Promo 2010

Winning Number 1153243UN

This email message is simply to inform you that you have been selected as a
winner in our yearly award promo organized by the Emillionaire. You have been awarded
the sum of US$300,000.00. Winners emails were extracted from various websites
visited over the internet after which a random selection was made. We are happy
to say that your email emerged as one of our eight lucky winners.

Immediately establish your claim by furnishing us with your details:

Full Name:
Home Address:
Telephone/Fax Numbers:

Forward the above requested details to your cashier Mr. Tom Lambert via his email:

You will receive your payment in form of cheque (International Certified).

Note that US$175 (APX Courier charges) is the ONLY amount you have to pay to receive your prize.
APX Courier company ( is in-charge of shipping your cheque to you.


Irene Collen
+(27)787310461 (R.S.A)
+(44)7024058868 (U.K)

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