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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: "Mr Joseph Mark" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 20:10:46 +0100
Subject: Lottery Winner [Scanned]

- This mail is in HTML. Some elements may be ommited in plain text. -

Attention: Email Account Holder
Congratulations!! We are happy to announce that you have won an Email lottery jackpot prize in our
international lottery promotion.
Your active e-mail address attached to computer generated ticket number: B55607545 4152 has won UK
Lottery 2nd category award prize.
Kindly do contact me on the above email address
for more details
Yours truly
Mr. Joseph Mark
(Online Agent.)
Email Address:
Phone Number: +4470-4576-4283
The UK Lottery International Promotion Inc.

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