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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: "British Euro Millions Results" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 02:11:36 +0600 (BDT)

British Euro Millions Results
PO Box 251
Watford WD18 9BR,

Pass Code: 648

You have won in the Euro Millions End of Year Online Draws

The draw took place on Friday December 31st 2010 at 10pm CET (9pm UK time).

Your Email Address was picked in the 2010 End of year electronic draw to
claim £250,000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Pounds).

For claims instruction and further information, you are to send an email
to the Claims Fiduciary Agent,
Mr.Michael Spencer-Hughes
The email should include the following:

1. Pass code
2. Full name
3. Address
4. Phone Number
5. Occupation

Please note that to avoid unwarranted abuse of the End of Year Programme,
you are advised to keep your pass code confidential and present only when

Congratulations once again

Yours Truly,
Online Co-Ordinator
Euro Millions End of Year Online Draw

Copy Right (C) 2010 Euro Millions Online Draw

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