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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: "Prize Notification 2010" <>
Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2010 23:11:59 +0800 (SGT)

Atten Sir:Madam!!

This is to notify you that this e-mail address was entered during the
Paypal European selection Draw and has won the sum of Nine
hundren and Fifty thousand euros only(950,000,00 Euros )
For claim please contact the below company for immediate process of your
claim; Rememebr to quote these numbers below for verification by the
company. REF: PP-21180-ES and BATCH:PP-245-44 you should include Your
Name, Address, Sex, Age, Occupation,Nationality, Phone Number

DR.Philip Weeks (Claim Director)
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Mrs. Blanca Fernandez
Paypal Europe Coordinator

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