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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: "Uk-Thailand Lottery Organization" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 12:32:16 -0800
Subject: Your E-mail address has won you US$4.6M

Your E-mail address has won you US$4.6M

If you are the correct owner of this email address,then be glad this day as the result of the UK lotto online e-mail winning draws and sweepstakes held in BANGKOK-THAILAND on the 28th of February 2012 has just been released and we are glad to announce to you that your e-mail address has won you the lottery in the first category and you are entitled to claim the sum of US$4.6M.

Your email addresses was entered for the online draw on this Ticket Number: APP236566301307 and won on this Lucky Number: MX014926583. You are to contact Mr Joshua Ong on the below email address for quick delivery of your won cheque of US$4.6M. All winners cheque are certified cashiers and are cashable in any bank of any country.

To enable the Claims Verification officer ascertain you as the rightful receiver of the won cheque, include the below listed information in your contact mail.

Your country, complete official names, amount won, ticket and lucky numbers, date/venue of draw, address where your wish to receive your winnings, contact telephone, mobile and fax numbers, sex, age, occupation and job title.

Contact Agent: Mr Joshua Ong.
Telephone: +447035916288

Yours Truly,
Mr Jerry Fidelix.

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