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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: "UK NATIONAL FREELOTTO INC." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 23:47:53 +0700
Subject: OUR REF: UK046/4657/75778

OUR REF: UK046/4657/75778
ATTENTION: Lucky Winner,

This E-mail is to inform you that you have been emerged a winner in our recent result of the UK National Freelotto online Winning draws which was held on Saturday 13th of September, 2014 in South East Asia (Kingdom Of Cambodia) at NagaWorld Auditorium Complex. The selection process was carried out randomly through a Computerize Balloting Selection System on Email List over 50,800,000.00 thousand plus in website and Internet Service Provider (ISP) Worldwide.

Your email address was selected in the 3rd Category with 7 bonuses qualifying you as a winner of $2,572,000.00 United States Dollars. For further more information about your Winning Claims.

Contact our South East Asia Fiduciary Agent;
TEL: +85598325221

Once again we say Congratulations and thank you for your understanding.

Yours faithfully,
Sir, Georgios L. Drakakis
Online Promotion Manager Organizer.

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