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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: "FINAL NOTIFICATION:" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2010 23:12:15 +0200
Subject: Email Award claims].

Your Email ID has won (€1,500,000.00) EUROS 2010 EURO.
MILLION PROMOTION.In the first category of our computer
ballot email lottery.No ticket was sold but it is to
encourage EMAIL users.For further development for
Clarification and procedures.

Email :
Tell +31-61-655-3529
Fax: +31-84-731-2763
Qualification Number [MSI /108/739/KDK]

Please note that you will be required to pay for the
issuance of your legal back up and legalization of
certificate of deposit document in court.

Tic Nr: 6460DGH,Lucky Numbers:ES/9420X2/68
Full names,Address,Age,Occupation,Phone/ numbers.
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