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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: "Michigan Online Lottery." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:57:07 +0530
Subject: Dear Winner in the Michigan Online Lottery,

Michigan Online Lottery.
101 E. Hillsdale,
Lansing, Michigan 48933,
United States of America.

Dear Winner in the Michigan Online Lottery,

We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer balloting sweepstake held on 10th November 2014. This is a millennium scientific computer game in which email addresses were used. It is a promotional program aimed at encouraging internet users; therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for it. Your winning ticket number is 35-38-18-24-37 with Batch numbers BTD/008002/12 drew the lucky numbers 2-4-4-2-67 which consequently won the draw in the Second category.

You have been approved for the star prize of One Million and Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($1,500,000.00)

You are advised to keep this winning very confidential until you receive your lump prize via Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or optional cheque issuance to you. This is a protective measure to avoid double claiming by people you may tell as we have had cases like this before, please send your Your full Name Your Address Home/Cell Phone and Preferred Payment Method (ATM / Cashier Check) and your winning ticket number, reference numbers and amount won information for processing of your winning fund to our registered claim agent in address below.

NOTE: For None Appearance, Do Not Contact Mr. Isa Burke Bright, if you can not pay for the cost of delivery and Kindly Reconfirm

Name: Mr. Isa Burke Bright
Contact direct line: (231) 366-2069

Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 20th December, 2014. Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember to quote your winning ticket number and batch number in all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.


Best regard,
Mrs. Emily Simon,
Online Lottery Coordinator.

The information transmitted is intended only for the person or entity to whom or which it is addressed. Unauthorized use, disclosure or copying is strictly prohibited. The sender accepts no liability for the improper transmission of this communication or for any delay in its receipt.

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