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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: "Laura Des" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 00:00:46 -0800
Subject: Annual Online award!

Annual Online award!

Online Email Sweepstakes program Cisco Network Inc.,
This is to inform you that your Email Address attached to a Ticket
Number(CIS/312/771) has won the prize Sum of 500,000.00 Euro (Five
hundred thousand Euro Only),in an Email Sweepstakes program held on the
5th February 2011.

Contact person: Dr. Richmond Williams
TEL: +31-683-312-468
reply to E-mail to:

Below are your Winning Datas:
Email Ticket Number 34147-1425
Reference Number: 714-8814-441
Batch Number : 1414-P2p
Serial Number: 31425-87521

Please note that all winning must be claim not later than 9th March

Decency Phillip

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