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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: "Dr. Andersen Murray" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 14:10:12 +0100 (BST)

Dear  Winner No 7.


We are delighted to inform you of the lottery result released  on the 18th October, 2011 from United Kingdom Mega Millions Online Lottery Program, which your e-mail address was selected as the winner No. 7, therefore, you have been approved a lump sum pay out of Two Million United States Dollars, ($2,000,000.00 USD).  
You are hereby advised to claim your prize award immediately without delay,by contacting your claims agent (Dr. John Howard) with any of the below email addresses then open the attachment file for more information. 

Contact Person: Dr. John Howard
TEL: +447035929311,+447011140470,+447847786391.
                Congratulations once again.
Yours Sincerely,

Dr. Andersen Murray.
Mega Millions Lottery Coordinator;
2010/2011 past lucky winners record

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