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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: "FreeLotto" <>
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2016 13:43:16 -0700
Subject: Contact Online Claims Officer for your Winnings.

This is to inform you that your e-mail attached to the ticket number: 54-20-17-52-34-30 has emerged as the FreeLotto Double Prize Winner in the release of the recent results of FreeLotto- Online Lotto Style Sweepstakes. You have been approved for a payment of US$2,000,000.00 (Two Million United State Dollars) in cash credited to file reference number: TFR/9900034943/JPT.

To process your winnings please contact the online Claims and Verification Officer in person of Williams Ford via e-mail reply. For prompt response please text your Full Name, Address, Sex and Country directly to his mobile number(5015500047). Endeavor to call him to be sure he got your text message so that he can guide you through the claims process.

PLEASE NOTE: You are advised to keep your winning strictly confidential until your winning is processed and received by you. This is to avoid double claims which could lead to automatic disqualification.

The free lotto internet draw is held every month and is so organized to encourage the use of the internet and computer worldwide. We are proud to say that over 400 million U.S Dollars are won annually in more than 118 countries Worldwide.

Kevin J. Aronin
Chairman & CEO Copyright ?1995-2012 the FREELOTTO National Lottery Inc. All rights reserved. Terms of
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