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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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Fraud email example:

From: Laura Gwen <>
Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2012 04:17:34 -0300
Subject: Confirmation of Draw Lucky No: 2-6-13-17-88/*9

Confirmation of Draw Lucky No: 2-6-13-17-88/*9
You have won One Million Five Hundred Thousand Euros in the Super
Lotto Online Sweepstakes Promotion. You do not have to purchase a
ticket to enter this lottery program. It is important to note that
your award information was released on 27th June, 2012 In
Bruxelles-Belgium with your winning information.
Reference No: BE775068115
Serial No: SLA/WIN/092/05/11/MB
Ticket No: 10-13-16-03-66
Draw Lucky No: 2-6-13-17-88/*9
Batch No: 12/78445/SUPS
Contact Person: John Winters
Tel: +32489909169
Reply Email:
Note: All winning must be claim not later than 13th July, 2012.
Laura Gwen,
Promotion Manager.
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