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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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Fraud email example:

From: "info" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2011 16:41:18 +0200
Subject: Your Email Address Has Won AGFUND New Year Award

TICKET No: 205007-WY56
REF No: 243-GH-776

You have just been awarded the sum of 450,000,00 Euros Only which
was won by your E-MAIL Address in our 2011 AGFUND International and
European Prize Promotions here in spain madrid. Do get back to this
office with your requirement via

Font Dor Agency S.L
Contact Officer: Jose Maria
Tel: +34 672 563 459

Names :............
Address :................
Country :...............
Phone No :..............
Occupation :..............
Age :................
Sex :.................

Best Regard
>From Mrs.Elena Lopez

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