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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: "Gema Antonio" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2011 16:18:03 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Luckyday International Email Lottery Award.

Luckyday International Email Lottery Award.
Promotions/Prize Award Department,
Attention: Lucky Winner,

We are happy to inform you that your email address have emerged the Prime
winner of Four Hundred & Fifty Thousand Euros(450,000.00 Euros) in
Luckyday International Email Lottery Award. It is a promotional program
aimed at encouraging internet and email users. Your email address is
attached to Ref No:Es/447/0-01/08/5-08/Sl, Batch No:Eu/008/224/134/08,
Serial No: Sl08, Lucky No:Es008-Sl/008; and Promotion Date: 8th MAR 2011.
To claim your winning prize, you are to contact the Appointed and Sole
Agent below as soon as possible for more informations on the immediate
release of your Winning Prize.

1) Your Full Name:
2) Your Telephone Numbers:
3) Your Age:
4) Your Occupation

Mrs.Emily Simon

Congratulations once again.

Kind Regards,
Gema Antonio(Mrs.)
Award Co-Ordinator.

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