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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: "Euro Millions" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 19:01:54 +0100
Subject: Email Notice...........Congratulations!!!

                                         Euro Millions
                          Date of Draw:Friday, 10 Feb 2012
                            Draw Number: 2012/12
                    Winning numbers: 3 - 8 - 14 - 31 - 41 -7 -11
                          Winning Division2 :  Match 5+ PB 
        Amount of Winning: 1,696,429.06EUR/ US$ 2,237,420.29
   If you wish to claim your winnings contact your assigned claims agent as follows
     Name: Leon Deschamp Email address:
You will receive further instructions on your acknowledgment of this email
Send the Following information to commence the immediate processing of your
Your Full Names:
Your Age:
Country of Resident:
This message and any attachment thereto are confidential and may be privileged or otherwise protected from disclosure.
If you are not the intended recipient, please telephone or email the sender and delete this message and any attachment
from your system. If you are not the intended recipient you must not copy this message or attachment or disclose the
contents to any other person.

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