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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: Jackpotjoy Cash Offer <>
Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2012 20:23:22 +0100
Subject: Congratulation! You Won The Jackpot

Dear Sweepstakes Winner,

Your email has emerged our Jackpotjoy Winner of Nine Million British Pounds Sterling (£9,000,000 GBP) in the third quarter of Jackpotjoy Sweepstakes email cash offer season Six (6). Please provide the following information for processing of payment or call our customer support help lines for more information.

*Full Name: _________________ *Contact Address: __________________*Direct Telephone Numbers: _________________

*Fax: _______________ *Sex: _____________

For Customer Support Help Lines
TEL: +44 7031 978 040
TEL: +44 7031 978 042
TEL: +44 7031 978 043
TEL: +44 7031 978 244
TEL: +44 7012 985 479
TEL: +44 7011 146 895

Yours Faithfully,
Ms. Alison Mee.
Customer Support Team

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