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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: "New York Lottery" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 18:39:05 +0530
Subject: Re: Did you receive it?

I would like to announce to you the NEW EURO LOTTO POWER PLAY a subsidiary of the NEW YORK LOTTO POWER PLAY draws held on Saturday the 11th of Jan 2014, in the State of New York of which you are one of the lucky WINNERS.

Your e-mail address attached to Ticket Number: B3550 0319, Serial Number: 46560, drew the Winning Numbers 5. 14. 32. 53. 56. with Power Number 11 under the choice of the lottery in the 1st category of daily draws. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$27,000,000.00 (Twenty Seven Million United States Dollars) in cash, credited to file: EAAL/9080116508/11.

Please visit to confirm your winning numbers.

You are hereby adviced to claim your winning immediately at-

Please note that winners notification and claim is to be considered confidential to avoid dual claims, as dual claims would void your claim.



Roger Walton

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