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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: "Lottomatica" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 18 May 2013 17:20:00 +0200


You have been selected as the Grand recipient of the Global E-Services Reward Program. This entitles you
to receive 2.5, million. Particulars of your award information is stated below:

Reference Number: LND-002XX5
E-Service Ticket NO: FFXX08897-13
Amount: 2,500,000.00 USD (Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars)

You are to establish contact with the Enquiry Officer (Sig.Marc Dario) via the e-mail address below with the
information's necessary such as your - Name:, Address:, Phone/Fax:, Cell Phone:,Email:, Alternative Email:,
Occupation:, and E-ticket number:Enquiry officer's contact details: Sig.Marc Dario, Tel:+39 3896 9180 62,
E-Mail: []

NOTE: You are expected to contact the Enquiry Officer for details of claims.

Yours faithfully,

Elisa Masimo

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