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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: "Jong Ramco" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2011 16:20:51 +0100
Subject: Attn,call us !!!

Attn,call us !!!
This is to inform you that your e-mail address has won us$2, 000, 000,
00.{Two Million Dollars} from Eu lucky day lottery Nl
in computer balloting system draw 2011 kindly contact your claim agent
Mr.Jong Ramco by via e-mail:
Expiring date is 30th of 31 february 2011, in all email user

All response should be send Via Email:
telex-fax, +31-6111-464-78,telephone numbers : +31-617-444-557,

Clarification and procedure Contact Mr,Jong Ramco the agent via e-mail to
Payment Number:V/4768-194,Ticket Number:Y/5222-88o,serial
Number:A/1027/413,lucky Draw No:G/950/7701,
code Number: x-510.

Mrs.Irena Rudy
Lottery Award Coordinator Congratulations Once More Again.

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