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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: "Mr.Robert Edison" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2011 18:45:27 +0100

Dear Prize Winner,

Congratulations!!! You have won the sum of £750,000.00 GBP (Seven hundred
and fifty thousand pounds) in the Supersport Lottery Promotion®. To
further the claims of your prize, you are advised to contact the payment
manager below with your information. Your email was randomly selected out
of one million email addresses used for the online draw and this qualifies
you as a winner. Your email address is attached to the winning ticket
number SP/919/2010/007, this makes you eligible to receive the approved
sum. Kindly fill the form below and send it back to me via email.

Full name:
Contact Address:
Telephone number:
Mr.Robert Edison,
Tel: +44 704 575 1773

Winning Number:.SP/919/2010/007
Reference Number: FOP/101-74837
Prize Certificate Number: OGT866-5

This promo is governed and monitored by the British Gambling Commission
and censored (B.G.C).

Best Regards
Mrs Mary Simon
Payment Manager

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