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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: "US Lottery Commission" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2012 01:44:36 -0400

Lottery Commission Center
North 10th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
Fax: +1-609-301-9841

Ref: 0543364237
Batch: ALLINC 170935152418/271
Winning Number: CA-WN GB2411/CARC.

Dear Winner,

Your email emerges in the GOOGLE/MAIL/MICROSOFT/GMAIL/YAHOO/GMX 2012 electronic draw made on September, 2012. Your email have won you the sum of One Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$1,500,000.00), from the US Commission Center. GOOGLE/MAIL/YAHOO/GMX WINDOWS collected all the email
addresses of the people that are active on-line, among the millions that subscribed to the on-line networks, we only select five people every Month as our winners through balloting System.

Now that you’ve won a prize, here’s how to claim it, Congratulations on winning the Lottery! Get the claim process started by contacting our claims officer
immediately, Connie Perez on email: OR through the fax number above and file for your claims quoting these references: REF: 0543364237; BATCH:
ALLINC 170935152418/271; winning number: CA-WN GB2411/CARC. Full winning details will be made known to you upon your confirmation of this mail and filing of your

Gregory Ahern,
On-line Co-coordinator

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