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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: "UK LOTTERY ORGANIZATION." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011 00:12:43 -0500
Subject: "You Have been Listed For usd4.6m."

If you are the correct owner of this email address then be glad this day as the result of the UK lotto online e-mail address draws of 2ND OF MARCH 2011 has just been released and we are glad to announce to you that your
email address won you the sweepstakes in the first category and you are entitled to claim the sum of US$4.6Million.
Your email address was entered for the online draw on this
Ticket Number: MPP536566301830 and won on this Lucky Number: HJDJ787304JDGD0W.
You are to contact Mc.Decens on the below email address for available options on how to receive your winnings fund. Note that Mc.Decens mightfail to recognize you as the true winner and receiver of the US$4,600,000 if you fail to include the following in your contact mail to him:
Your country of origin and country of Residence/work,complete official names,address,amount won, free ticket and lucky numbers, date of draw,contact telephone and mobile numbers. OPTIONAL :- [Sex,age,occupation and job title].
Please do not reply to the sender,instead send your reply to:
Contact Mc. Decens.

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