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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: "John Chan Jp" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2010 02:27:38 +0100
Subject: 2010 AWARD!!!

2010 AWARD!!!

This is to inform you that your email ID has won One Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars in the first dip of our computer ballot email lottery with the said winning numbers giving below;

Lucky Num: 7411PE

To claim your winning,please contact our Claim Processing Department urgently:-

Postcode Claim Dept
Tel:- +31-684-973-595

You are also advice to furnish them with the following information:-

Your Names:-
Telephone / Fax:-
Your Nationality:-

Congratulations once again from management and staff of this company,and thanking you for being a lucky winner of our promotions program.

Mrs.Brayn Diederik

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