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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: "Sue Baker" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:26:02 -0800
Subject: ***You Have Won 675,298***

This is to formally notify you that you have won in the Megaball End of Year Promo held on 22 October 2014.
Ten (10) lucky winners are randomly selected from a global database of over 1 million users including you! As one of our winners, you are entitled to a total payout of GB 675,298.00 only.
Please note your processing details below:
Ref No: MGB/2014/NOV/71582
Batch No: MGB/01521
Serial No: 17790
Complete the attached verification form and return to your claims officer below to begin all processes:
Peter Wilson
Tel: (+44) 871 915 7509
Fax: (+44) 844 772 3971
Please ensure to keep this information confidential until all processes have been completed. Please also provide your current and alternative email address.
NOTE: You must be aged above 18 to claim. All claims must be processed by  23 November 2014. After this date, if unclaimed, it will be considered as FORFEITED.
Sue Baker
On behalf of Megaball International

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