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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: "Notification Department" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2013 00:01:06 +0100
Subject: *Email Notification***

Email Notification

Laprimitiva International - Annual Prize 2013

This mail is to notify you that your Email
gained an award Sum of **615,810.00Euros
In an Email program held in our company
- La Primitiva International.

Please contact the claim officer through
the below given contact information.

Mrs Maria Perez Sanchez
Telephone : +34 651 036 503.

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs.Lilila Alazio Valaz.
Public Relation Officer.

NOTE: This is a short message of the actual
notification.The full information would be
sent as soon as you confirm the receipt and
of acknowledgment of this message.

Anti-fraud resources: