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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:

Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 13:14:29 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?your_email_address_was_selected_as_one_of_the_lucky_winner?=

your email address was selected as one of the lucky winners of

£820,731.00 in the ongoing 2012 of the UK INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY,

online Sweepstakes promotion held in London on 27th March, 2012.

Your active e-mail address attached to the World Wide Web computer

generated ticket number: B556075454133 with reference number

UK/JA2CT-110P/10 and Serial number US5365/3 ,Batch number

XA87-2PY,drew the lucky numbers: 01-05-09-27-42-45 Bonus 21. Contact

our Fiduciary agents at

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