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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: "Rose Mann" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2011 08:35:17 -0500
Subject: Confirmation Email Serial N. DI222-510

Confirmation Email Serial N. DI222-510
Contact Person:MR.KIKO SANCHEZ
TEL: +34-666-618-440 Email:
Reference Nr.UN11000, Batch N. A1000, Serial N. DI222-510
Ticket N.7710AA, lucky N.,
you have won( EUR970.000.00 )in the MEGA MILLIONS SUPER
LOTTO PLUS & EMAIL SWEEPSTATKES, held 21st of November 2011. In Madrid (SPAIN). This email was sent to notify you officially
about the award and to advise you to contact the processing office
immediately for claim:
Reply to This Email:
Your Full Name & Telephone Number
Note: all winning must be claim not later than 30 working days
Rose Mann

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