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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: "Mrs. Susan Clary" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2010 05:45:58 -0700
Subject: Serial No:0755/10

Winning Notification
This is to notify you that you have won £850,000.00 in
the Uk National Online Email Lottery held in UK,
e-mail addresses were picked randomly by computerised balloting
powered by the Internet. Your email address was amongst
those chosen for this period.
Ticket no: 59975111545 229
Serial No:0755/10
Winning number: 07-55-10-99-15-78 {10}
Draw (#1844)
To claim your prize, please contact
Mr. Charley Gilman
Tel :+447024064605
Claims Requirements:
1.full name:
2.Home Address:
7.Country Of Residence:
9.Amount Won
***************************************Congratulations once more from all members
and staff of this program.
Mrs. Susan Clary
Online Co-ordinator

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