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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: "Nokia UK Promo" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2012 01:18:09 -0500
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam

Dear Sir/Madam,

Your e-mail was attached to the Nokia Ticket Number:1110008342 And You Have Won £1,000,000.00 One Million Great British Pounds you are to send your full details which is 1. full Name: 2. Address:3. Nationality:4. Date of Birth: 5.Occupation: 6. Phone:7. Mobile: 8. Fax: 9. State of Origin: 10.Country: 11.Sex: to your claims agent Email:

Thank you for being part of this promotional email lottery program.

Mr.Terry Steven
Tel: +44-704-575-4118
NOKIA!2012 Lottery Program

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