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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: "EMAIL BALLOT LOTTERY WINNING(Track No ;51024060210)"
Date: Thu, 12 May 2011 13:04:23 +0300 (EEST)
Subject: Your E-mail Address Has Won!!!

TRACK NUMBER;51024060210


This is to inform you that you have been selected for a cash
prize of ?1,000,000.000(ONE MILLION GREAT BRITAIN POUNDS)
programs held on the 05th Of May, 2011 in the London U.K.

(Director Of Operation)

Contact Person; Mr Robert Anderson
Phone Numbers: +44 70457 71445
+44 70457 73496

Contact him, please provide him with your

Ref No: x7pwyz2006
Batch No: 12/25/0304
Ticket No: 56475600545-188
Serial No: 5388/02

Accept my hearty congratulations once again!

Kind Regards

Mr Anthony Campbell.
(Lottery Manager)

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