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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: "European Union Compensation" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 5 Dec 2015 10:00:05 +0100
Subject: Your EU Compensation Funds

European Union House
43, Molesworth Street,

We are please to inform you that you have been selected for Monetary Compensation of Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Euros from The EUROPEAN UNION COMPENSATION BOARD EU),Through the European Union Economic and Financial Directorate (Mr. Peters Werner ).

Reply for more details to file your compensation, Kindly provide us with this info: FULL NAMES.., COUNTRY... AND MOBILE NUMBER....

Contact Person: Mr.Peters Werner
Contact Number: +353 7668 01701


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