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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: "Mr. Roger Nathaniel" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 07:46:23 +0200
Subject: Re: Winning Draws of 25/04/2013


Attention Email Owner,

If you are the correct owner of this email address? If yes then be glad this day as the result of the UK lotto online e-mail address free-ticket winning draws of April 25th, 2013 held in London-United Kingdom has just been released and we are glad to announce to you that your email address won you the sweepstakes in the first category and you are entitled to claim the sum of Three Million, Six Hundred Thousand USA Dollars.

Your email address was entered for the online draw on this ticket No# 546-373-66773 and won on this Lucky No#: 14-8-5-19-28-12-30. For claims, contact Mr. Cook Edmund on this email address: OR Call him on this number: TEL: +44 703 596 8353 on how to receive your won prize of US$3.6M. (Three Million Six Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only). To enable Mr. Cook Edmund ascertain you as the rightful winner and receiver of the US$3.6 Million, MAKE SURE you include the below listed information in your contact mail to him.

Your complete official names, country of origin and country of residence/work, contact telephone and mobile numbers, address, amount won, free ticket and lucky numbers, date of draw. OPTIONAL: - [Sex, age, occupation and job title].

Just in case you are thinking of how you won without entering then know again that this very draw of the UK Lottery Organization in which you have emerged as a winner was a free ticket online email address draws where thousands of email addresses was collected from almost all world wide websites and used for the online draws/sweepstakes and during winners selection your email address came out among the first ten which won you the lottery in the first winnings category and entitles you to claim the $3,600,000.

Yours Faithfully,
Mr. Roger Nathaniel.
Online Winning Notification Department.
TEL +44 701 116 3158

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