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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: "Victoria Camvally" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:39:29 +0100
Subject: This Is Our Last Notice To You

Dear Email Owner,

This Is Our Last Notice To You.

We are pleased to inform you again of the result of the Internet Promotional Draws. All email addresses entered for this promotional draws were randomly inputted from an internet resource database using the Synchronized Random Selection System (SRSS).

This is our second letter to you. Your email address was selected in the Category A with Special Digit Code: RM10164/NL and Special Ticket Digit Code: RMA12744/2010-13, and this qualifies you to be the recipient of the grand prize award sum of Two million, Five Hundred Thousand Euro.

The payout of this cash prize to you will be subject to the final validations and satisfactory report that you are the bona fide owner of the winning email address. In line with the governing rules of claim, you are required to establish contact with your designated claims agent via email or telephone with the particulars below:

Enquiry officer: Fransico Jose
Phone: +34 634 176 577

You may establish contact with the Enquiry Officer via the e-mail address above with the information's necessary:

Cell Phone:,
Alternative Email:,
and E-ticket number:

Failure to complete the claims of your cash prize after 14 days of this notice will result in the revision of award.
Hence, you should commence your claims process immediately, by contacting the claims agent (Fransico Jose) who would be guiding you through the Claims process.

Note: All replies should be addressed to Mr. Fransico Jose ( for further information, any reply sent to other email will not be attended to.
Please take note.

Victoria Camvally.
Promotion Coordinator.

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