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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: "Mrs.Tonia Atlas" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 20:05:23 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Dear Lottery Winner,

Dear Lottery Winner,

This is to inform you that your e-mail address has luckily won you the lottery with draw number (308) of Euro Millions Millionaire Raffle draw held on the January 20th 2012. Your e-mail address attached to your ticket number with winning number SDV403955 drew the lucky numbers: 09 22 24 27 36 05 07 which subsequently won you the Raffle draw. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of GBP1,000,000.00 (One Million British Pounds Sterling) in cash credited to file reference number KLA7532/05.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:

Mr.Nleson owen
Provide him with the information below:

Your Name:
Winning e-mail:
Reference number:
Telephone number:
Country of residence:
Yours faithfully,
Mrs.Tonia Atlas

Online Coordinator
N.B: Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will
result to disqualification. You must contact your claim agent not
later than 2 weeks upon receipt of this information to file for your
claims; this way you're Winning Certificate and all other relevant
documents/paperwork can be prepared for your prize release to you.
After this date all fundswill be returned as unclaimed

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