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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: "Promotions Coordinator Bruce A" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2011 20:56:59 +0200
Subject: Last Notification !!!


We are pleased to notify you the Star Receiver of our last Secured Mega
Online Promotion result. This is a reward program for the patronage of
internet services and all email addresses entered for this promotional
draws were randomly selected from an internet resource database of
registered software and domain users.

Reference Number: AA-873/2011
E-ticket number: 0810682TF
Category: A
Amount: USD3.500.000,00 (Three Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars)

You are required to establish contact with your claims agent via e-mail
with the particulars presented below:

Contact: Mr. Sean Nolan
Phone: +31 61 671 0747

In line with the governing rules of claim, you are requested to furnish Mr.
Nolan With the following information:

1. Full name... 2. Address... 3. Occupation... 4. Tel/Fax.... 5.
Cell/Mobile... 6. Age... 7. Winning Ref Number...


Bruce A
Promotions Coordinator

NOTE: This is an Automated Message. Respond to your claims officer's email
address (

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