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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: "Philipp Forster" <>
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2016 13:12:08 +0300

Dear Sir/Madam,

On behalf of the International Lottery Association, we the Board of
Directors are happy to inform you of the release of our New Year result
from International Lotto program held on the 4th of March 2016. This
result was initially delayed due to mix up of numbers and email-addresses,
the result was finally released on 15th March 2016, and Your email
attached to ticket number EWS/7302984899127-003 with serial number
ES/22932034-48437 drew lucky numbers 3-11-14-29-39-48 which consequently
won in the 2ND category, you have therefore been approved the winner for a
lump sum pay out of $1,450.000.00 USD (ONE MILLION FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY
THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY) in cash accredited to file reference
EWS/7302984899127-003, this is from a total cash prize of $80,000.000.00
EIGHTY MILLION DOLLARS shared among the nineteen international winners in
this category.


Your fund is now deposited with the paying Bank. In your best interest to
avoid mix up of numbers and emails of any kind, we strongly request that
you keep the entire details of your award strictly from public notice
until the process of transferring your claims has been completed, and your
funds remitted to your designated account of your choice, Banker's
Draft/Certified Cheque can be received only on demand. This is part of our
security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by
participants/non participants of this program. Funds are now scheduled to
be paid out immediately in one lump sum.

Please contact our International Lottery OSA Agent now to begin your claim:
Name: Mr. Ben Johnson
Tel/Fax: +1 (401) 753-9138
Your win ranks sixth biggest on International Lottery rich list and is the
third Lottery Jackpot to be won here this year. Finally, all winning must
be claimed within 41 days from the date of this notice. All unclaimed
funds after the date stated will be cancelled as unclaimed funds and no
further reminder will be considered.

Congratulations once again and we hope this amazing prize will make a huge
difference in life.

Best Regards,
Philipp Forster (MR)

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