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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: "E.E.F" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2010 21:07:38 -0700
Subject: From Euro-Asia Education Foundation [Final Notification]

*Message-ID: <>

Heading {Award Result 2010}

>From Euro-Asia Education Foundation in association with Readers Digest®, we
happily announce to you that you have won award of $750,000.00 at China
Center. You must contact your claim agent for further information in regards
your Claim. He will need to confirm everything we have on file to ensure
there will be no set backs upon the release of these funds to you.

Mr. Michael Wood
Address: 21B Roverhills Lane,
Oppt HSBC Bank, Floor 1108,
Beijing, China.

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