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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: "Elizabeth M. Cooper" <>
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2010 04:46:50 +0100 (CET)
Subject: You have won $1,200,000.00,contact for details

Hello Sir,

Are you the owner of this email address? If yes, then Congratulations!
The result of the United Kingdom online international lottery released
this morning, shows that your email address attached to ticket number
UKL-ON181Z, won the lottery at the international category.

Consequently, you are entitled to a lump sum payment of One million, two
hundred thousand United States dollars ($1,200,000.00).
This is from total prize money of US$12,000,000.00 shared among 10
international winners in the international category.

To collect your $1,200,000.00 prize money, kindly send your name and
telephone number immediately by email to our Payment Manager as shown
below for further details:

Send to:

Mrs.Karolina P. Ahlberg
Payment Manager, United Kingdom
Telephone: +447017889045

Your $1,200,000.00 prize money must be claimed before 10th November 2010.
After this date all unclaimed prize money will be rolled over and returned
back to the treasury.

Once again Congratulations!

Yours sincerely,

Elizabeth M. Cooper
UK Online International Lottery.

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