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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: "WINNING INFORMATIONS.," (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2011 13:38:39 +0100
Subject: Call.For.Payment.Now.

Euromillion Int'l Lottery1
This is to inform you of the release of the WINNERS of the E-MAIL LOTTERY
BALLOT / WORLD GAMING BOARD held 2011.Your name attached to ticket number
219028657434 with serial number 918735625 You have therefore been approved
for a payment (€1,500,000.00 Euros only. Your Email ID has won

Email : einfiban5@live.nL
Tel: +31-61-6553-529
Fax: +31-84-7312-763

Send the following to the claims department:
(1) Full names:
(2) Address:
(3) Age:
(4) Occupation:
(5) Phone number:
(6)Email Address:
All Respones Sent Via Email: einfiban5@live.nL
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