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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: "Burger King Restaurants Ltd:" <>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:42:22 -0000
Subject: Burger King Restaurants Ltd:

Burger King Restaurants Ltd:
23023/ Mainsprings

Dear Esteemed Customer
Enjoy Burger/king Mega Promo You have been awarded 720,000/USD/ by
Burger-King Family Foundation,Your email address was chosen online while
searching for random numerous costumers details out reach

Kindly sent your winning information’s to the Email below for urgent
response Immediately we receive your Details you will be informed On how
to Claim your prize,

1)Full Name:
2)Tel: Number:
3)Country of origin

Customer Service:Mr,Toni Owen/
Transfer Procedures Will Commence immediately we hear from you Thank you

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