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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: (sent from abused email account)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2012 22:55:29 +0100
Subject: Your Winning Notice!!!

Euro Millions
London, England.

Your Winning Notice!!!

"You have won £354,000.00 from Euro Millions Online Promotions".

The 498th Euro-Millions draw took place on Saturday July 7th, 2012 at 10am CET (9pm UK time) a nd Your Email Address was attached to Millionaire Raffle: JHV812574 and Drew the Lucky No: 7,23,24,34,36, 8 11.

This represents a second category online draw, making you the winner of Three Hundred and Fifty Four Thousand Pounds (£354,000.00).

Your Winning Details are as follows;

Reference No: R2GHD/JUN/2012
Batch No: 4-3/97/JUN/2012
Amount Won: £354,000.00

To claim your prize, You are advised to provide the following details accurately to facilitate the prize release process.

1) Full Names
2) Sex
3) Contact Address
4) Tel., Mobile, and Fax Nos.
5) Email
6) Age
7) Occupation
8) Nationality

Send an email, confirming your Winning Email Address and the above winning details to:

Mr. Frank Townsend (Claims Fiduciary Desk)
Tel: +447045795051

Congratulations once again from the members of Staff of our Promotions Program.

Yours Truly,
Claudia Barry
Programme Co-ordinator
Euro Millions Online Promotions.

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