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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: "PowerBall Lottery" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 08:49:58 +0100
Subject: Power Ball Lottery Organization

382 Channel Drive,
Port Washington, NY 11050,
United States Of America
Attn Lucky Winner
The Team of Power Ball Lottery Organization are Pleased to officially announce to you as the Third place prize winner of the Five Million ($5,000.000.00) prize draw sponsored by Publishing Clearing House. The total amount to be claimed for Fourth place is Two Million Dollars ($2,000.000.00). Congratulations! Power Ball Lottery will make all necessary arrangements for you to receive your Prize. Please contact your Claims Agent or representative immediately to avoid any delays as you can contact him via e-mail Or through telephone and fax listed Also with your Full information such as below with your Winning Information.
Mr. Sylvester Lawrence
Power-Ball Payout Manager
Tel: +1-718 879 8977
Fax: +1 989 7046 033
Your Security Code is: H649PC32 As required by US Federal and State laws, your Security code and Prize information must be kept strictly confidential which means that you are precluded from discussing your winning with 3rd parties such as (Family Members, Friends and Relatives). This is to prevent unlawful tampering and a means to reduce risks of Fraud and Scams from taking Place.
As soon as we verify your identity and Security Code number from You, we will immediately release your total sum through wire transfer into your nominated Bank Account or Platinum Automated Card will be issued with withdrawal analysis according to the global financial law guiding lottery release through (ATM). Your email address was used for the raffle draw and you emerged a lucky Winner.
These are your Identification Numbers.
Ticket number.........085-12876077-09
Serial number........51390-0
Lucky number........5-28-31-52-59-27
Ref number........H649PC32
(i) Your name.
(ii) Contact telephone
(iii) Contact Address.
(iv) Your ticket and prize numbers.
(v) Quote amount won.
(vi) Notification date.
Once again, Congratulations
Mr.Reginald W. Shields
Chief Financial Officer

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