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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: "Mrs. Patricia Angello" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2013 10:04:44 -0600

You have been selected for a Cash prize of $1,050,000 USD (ONE MILLION &
FIFTY THOUSAND U.S Dollars) in VW Motors Email Promotion International
programs held 2013

The selection process was carried out through random selection in our
computerized email selection system (ess) from a database of over 250,000
email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world. The VW Motors
Email Promotion is approved by the National Gaming Board and also Licensed
by the The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR). This
promotional car lottery is the tenth of its kind and we intend to
sensitize the public.

To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact your claims
officer through our accredited Prize Transfer agents as stated below:

Mr. Frank Oluwale
Telephone: +234-8133-8091-28


1. Full names:
2. Residential address:
3. Phone number:
4. Fax number:
5. Occupation:
6. Sex:
7. Age:
8. Nationality:
9. Present Country:
10.Next of kin name/address:

Accept my hearty congratulations once again!

Mrs. Patricia Angello

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