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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: "China Sports" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2013 23:59:25 +0800
Subject: Ref Number: 11 01 09 01 26 05

China sports lottery results
Email Ref Number: 11 01 09 01 26 05, Reply Email: Lucky winner¡¯s results (china sports lottery) email sweepstakes program released on the 1st of January 2013 Organized by the CHINA SPORTS LOTTERY BOARD. You¡¯re electronic Mail address randomly selected<> attached to a Ticket winning Number (05, 06, 14, 15, 31, 06, 08) the prize Sum of USD 1, 750, 000.00 (1 million Seven Hundred and fifty thousand United States Dollars Only) Chinese, Abroad, Foreigners or within china, are to report and contact our office immediately for claims
CONTACT: Jixiang Wu.
CITY / COUNTRY: Beijing-China.
TEL: +86-13418394354
Reply to Email:
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It is important to note that your award information was released on the 1st of January 2013 with the following Particulars attached to it.
Email Ticket NO: 05, 06, 14, 15, 31, 06, and 08
Reference NO: 11 01 09 01 26 05
Serial NO: CSL 85 01 03 18
Alignment NO: 93458202
LUCKY DRAW No. : 01 02 10 12 15
Your Full Name & Telephone Number:
PLEASE NOTE THAT all winners must report immediately.
Wang Yueye
CITY / COUNTRY: Beijing China
Congratulations'' from all our staff (thank you for being part of our program).

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