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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: "Online Co-Ordinator" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2010 12:30:48 +0100
Subject: Congratulations!!! You Have Won

British Euro Millions Results
London, England.

Congratulations!!! You have won in the 356th Draw of the Euro Millions Online Promotions

The draw took place on Friday November 26th 2010 at 10pm CET (9pm UK time).

Your Email Address was attached to Millionaire Raffle: TBY718206 and drew the lucky Nos: 16 20 22 32 42 Bonus 9 from a total of 104,774 Email addresses in the 2nd Category. You have therefore been approved to claim a Star Prize of Two Million Seven Hundred and Fifty Four Thousand Pounds Sterling (£2,754,000.00) in cash credited to File No: 6712314/ZAR/2010. Below is your Winning Details;

Reference No: 27-39/MOP/2010
Batch No: 6-4/21/MOP/2010
Amount Won: £2,754,000.00

For claims, contact the Britain Claims Fiduciary Agent with details below with the above reference and batch numbers along with your full name and contact phone number for the release of your winnings:

Mr. Steve Cook
Tel: +447045795051

Congratulations once again

Yours Truly,
Mrs. Bridget Knowles
Online Co-Ordinator
Euro Millions Online Promotions

Copy Right (C) 2010 Euro Millions Online Promotions

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