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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: "2010 Online Email Prize Award" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2010 03:45:51 +0200
Subject: Free] From: The Co-ordinator.

Attn: Email Lottery Winner,

The Email draw is held periodically for the patronage of internet services and promote computer
literacy worldwide. Your email ID emerged with-Batch Nr: SPYU6868 & 5687SPL876. And
for the claim of your prize award=1.500.000.00 Euro= now deposited in the bank.

Contact: Mr. Dirk van Goes.
Tel: +31- 633 968 651.
Fax: +31- 847 549 511.

Also Send: 1. Full Names/Address/Tel/Gender.......
2. Occupation...... 3. Nationality......

As you wonder about this program, Note: Your email ID emerged amongst email ID's that frequent
the internet & randomly selected from internet resource database by automated ballot.

From: The Co-ordinator.
(Alliance Member of Inter. Net Award)

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