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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: "CLAIMS DEPT" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2010 21:35:39 +0530
Subject: FILE NO: 34


Note that you have been awarded the sum of GBP: 500, 000. 00 and a brand new Chevrolet CAPTIVA in our 2010 Chevrolet BINGO Promotions which was held on the 1st Jan by selecting through email ballot Microsoft.

Contact your claims agent with the below information:-
(Dr.) M. DANNY ADAMS Claims Agent Tel: +44-7014244928 FAX: +1 212 298 8440 E-mail:
With these details: -
1. Full Names: - 2. Country: - 3. Complete Address: - 4. Zip code: - 5. Cell phone Number: - 6. Age and Marital Status: - 7. Occupation: -

Note: This is an automatic message do click on your reply button send all details to the below Email:

Yours Faithfully Ms. Caroline Bennett
Director General
Chevrolet Bingo Promotions

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