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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: "Apex Foundation" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2015 10:36:31 +0800
Subject: Please Claim Your Prize

Dear Internet User,

The big prizes have not been claimed and according to record your email ID was listed among the winners who are yet to recieve their award prize. Your email ID won the total sum of GBP1, 000.000.00 (One Million Pounds Sterling) during the electronic E-mail online Powerball Draws For Internet Users but most of the prize remain unclaimed so we are contacting you to apply for the claim of your prize money but if the prizes are not claimed within 30 days (around 1 months) of this notification, they will go to Apex Foundation Projects inline with our code of conduct.

You are advised to contact the claims department immediately to redeem your prize.

Mr. Robert Benz
Claim Agent
Tel: +447012933191
Fax: +44 7005968749
International prize Department

You are required to send the below information to the claim agent to process your award winnig prize.

1. Full name:
2. Country:
3. Contact Address:
4. Telephone Number:
5. Marital Status:
6. Occupation:
7. Sex:
8. Age

The claim agent will attennd to your claim upon the reciept of your response.

User Award Promotion Team

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