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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: "Australia Lottery Inc" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 00:52:01 +0600 (BDT)
Subject: Australia Lottery Award

Attn REF No: EGS/075061725,

This is to notify you that you are the sixth winner of Five Hundred
Thousand Dollars) in our Australia lottery Draw in which e-mail addresses
were picked randomly by computerized balloting,powered by Microsoft.
Your email address was among those chosen in this draw.Your winning
numbers are : REF N: EGS/075061725,BATCH N:5056490900/188
For your prize claim,contact your coordinator Rev Alexandra Davis for full
information and,(tell+447035934119) with the following information
:(1)Full Names (2)Address (3)Nationality (4)Occupation (5)Telephone No
(6)Age.Please kindly quote your REF and BATCH number on your to


Mrs Anne George
Executive Director

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