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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: "Mega Millions Lottery coordinator" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 14:57:42 -0400
Subject: Winning Notification From Mega Millions Inc UK

Dear Winner No 37


We are pleased to inform you that you have been announced as the thirty seventh lucky winner of our MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT LOTTO WINNING PROGRAMS held on the 14th of August 2012, with the total won prize of £2,000,000.00 GBP (Two Million Great British Pound Sterling) For more information, kindly contact our overseas Global Agent to guide you on how to claim your fund, by submitting your Full Name, Contact Mobile Telephone No, Age & Sex, Contact Address and Nationality. Send the above required information to the below e-mail Addresses.

E-mail Contact Address:

Contact person: Dr. Rooney Martins.
Tel : +447035953145.

Congratulations once again from the entire Management and staff of Mega Millions Inc UK.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind regards,

Dr.James Carol
Mega Millions Lottery coordinator

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