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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: "Euro Millions Lottery" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2011 15:24:15 +0100
Subject: Please Confirm Your Email...........

                                            Euro Millions
                                  Date of Draw:Friday, 29 Apr 2011
                                 Draw Number: Ref Number: 2011/17
          Draw numbers: 15- 25- 38 - 40 - 41 Lucky Draw Numbers - 1- 2 Match 5+PB
                    Winning Number:7    Match 5+2PB Winning Category 1
               Amount of Winning:  999,138.00 EUR/ US$ 1,484,719.07
     If you wish to claim your winnings contact your assigned claims agent as follows
                  Name: Leon Deschamp Email address:
     You will receive further instructions on your acknowledgment of this email notice.
Send the Following information to commence the immediate processing of your claims:
Your Full Names:
Your Age:
Country of Resident:

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