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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: "AWARD NOTIFICATION" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 10:41:33 -0000
Subject: HURRAY;email { }

HURRAY;email { }
Your email account has won a total sum of Six Million United States Dollars{USD$6,000,000}, from our UK-LOTTERY Draws. Do contact Claims Officer Mr J Moll, via Email; { },at once with this Claims Requirements; Full Name,Address, Age,Occupation,Nature of Work,Phone,Alternative email(if any),Country for winning release. Please Do Indicate choice of Winning claim, either by COURIER DELIVERY or BANK TRANSFER

Claims Officer; Mr J. Moll
Email;{ }


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