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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: "Euro-millions" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2013 04:38:36 -0600
Subject: Congratulations Ticket No: 33-48-19-H5H-@WIN

Confirmation Ticket No: 33-48-19-H5H-@WIN
From claim´s processing office Euro-millions
Contact Person: Barrister Jonnie Munstlag,(Attorney At Law)
Reference Nr.XKHL-37-14-29-13),Ticket No:.33-48-19-H5H-@WIN,
You have won( 1Million Euros )in the Euro-millions online sweepstakes
program corporations, 8th February 2013 in Madrid (SPAIN).
This email was sent to notify you officially
about the award and to advise you to contact the processing office with
your details
immediately for claim,Reply to Email:
Director, Cooperate HR and Communication. (Announcer)

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