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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 Admin" <>
Date: Wed, 9 Oct 2013 22:19:56 +0300 (EEST)
Subject: Congratulations

The Lottery Company Ltd.
The Acorns
Oakwood Park Business Centre
Fountains Road, Bishop Thornton
Harrogate HG3 3BF
United Kingdom.

October 9th, 2013

Your Winning Notice!!!

"You have won £650,000.00 from Euro Millions Online Promotions".

The 610th Euro Millions draw took place on Tuesday October 1st 2013 at
10pm CET (9pm UK time) and Your Email Address was attached to Millionaire
Raffle: XNM416939 and Drew the Lucky Nos: 13 36 40 43 50 and bonus 5 .

This represents a second category online draw, making you the winner of
Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Pounds (£650,000.00).

Your Winning Details are as follows;

Reference No: K7C44/OCT/2013
Millionaire Raffle: XNM416939
Amount Won: £650,000.00

To claim your prize, You are advised to provide the following details
accurately to facilitate the prize release process.

1) Full Names
2) Sex
3) Contact Address
4) Tel., Mobile, and Fax Nos.
5) Email
6) Age
7) Occupation
8) Nationality

Send an email, confirming your Winning Email Address and the above winning
details to:

Frank Townsend (Claims Fiduciary Desk)
Tel: +447035944926

Congratulations once again from the members of Staff of our Promotions

Yours Truly,
Claudia Barry
Programme Co-ordinator
Euro-Millions Online Promotions

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