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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: "Euro Millones Lottery" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 09:58:27 +0200

Dear Winner,

You have been awarded the sum of USD$1,500:000(One Millions Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) which was won by your E-MAIL Address in our Euro Millones International Lottery.
The following particulars are attached to your lotto payment order:

(I) Batch No: BDC/MTW/STN
(ii) Ticket No : 45-46-52-58-68
(iii ) Lucky No : 5 -7-9-10-38
(iv) Ref No: PLC/LAC/076/TCC.

Do get back to this office with your name & address and the above mentioned particulars via; ( )

Best Regards,
Dr, Williams Baldwin
Tel: +34 603 111 071.

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