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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: "Dr. Thomas Gomez" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:40:07 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Be Informed

Be Informed
Your email address has been allocated by the European Union
welfare support scheme in the amount of $1,500,000.00 dollars through the
European ATM card payment electronic balloting system. For more information and
claims, contact the zonal payment coordinator with your details. E-mail: ( Contact Person:
Mr. Martin A. Tel: +229-99 646 783

Best Regards
Dr. Thomas Gomez

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