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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: "" <>
Date: Tue, 31 May 2011 16:45:30 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Sequel to our previous message:

Sequel to our previous message:
Attn: Email Owner/Beneficiary,

Following the publication of the results of the online
sweepstakes for emails that frequent the Internet.Your
email ID emerged recipient of=500:000:00 Euro selected
by automated bollot system.
Batch nr: SPYU6868 / 5687SPL876.

Contact: Claim Department office,
Tel: +31- 633 968 651,
Fax: +31- 847 549 511.
Contact Email:

Send: 1. Your Full Names/ Tel/ Gender.......
2. Occupation...... 3. Nationality......

This is a ticket free email program, only emails that
frequent the internet within the period under review
emerged through ballot system for various prizes..
Once again, congratulations.

Best Regards,
Andreea Cocosila [Co-ordinator]
Microsoft/Alliance Inter.Net Award.

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