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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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Fraud email example:

From: "James" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:00:10 +0100
Subject: Lucky Winner

Dear winner,

This letter is genuinely from the UK National Lottery. We happily announce to you the draw of the UK National Lottery online International program held on Sat 11 Oct 14 Draw in Liverpool United Kingdom. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 689-234-76-200 with Serial number 7896/23 drew the lucky numbers 12 - 15 - 22 - 29 - 30 - 35 and the bonus number (44) won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e. match 5 plus Bonus shared amongst two lucky (2) winner.Contact our certified and accredited claims agent Mr. James brown at

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