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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 02:22:38 +0200
Subject: Confirmation Email Ref No: (PUKD-63210886543232)

Confirmation Email Ref No: (PUKD-63210886543232)
Reply Email:
Following official publication result of email sweepstakes program
released on the 18th of April, 2016. Organised by the PEOPLE POST
CODE EMAIL SWEEPSTAKES. Your electronic email address attached
to a Ticket Number (A-74100639-1) has won the prize Sum of 3,000,000.00
Euros Only (3M Euro Only). For further enquires and
claims of your winning.

CONTACT: Mr.Jensen Van Ray
CITY/ COUNTRY: Bruxelles Belgium.
TEL: 0032-486-234-990/+01132-486-234-990

Reply to Email:
It is important to note you that your award information was released
today with the following particulars attached to it.
E-mail Ticket: PUKD-63210886543232
Reference NO: EKLU-06420175
Serial NO: 3184-83
Batch NO: 11/51944/UXCP
DRAW LUCKY No: 84-13-09-28-31-75*9

We expect you to provide us with the information below, for the
processing of
your winning documents.
1). Full Names:
2). Residential Address:
3). Occupation:
4). Sex/age:
5). Phone/Fax Numbers:
6). Country of Resident:
7). Nationality:
8). Reference Number:
9). Serial Number:
10). Amount Won:
11). your winning Email Address
12). A Scan Copy of Any of Your Valid Identification Proof:

Your Full Name & Telephone Number
Please open your attachment file and fill it very carefully
Please note that all winning must be claimed not later than 30 working
Mrs Linda Maria,
CITY/ COUNTRY: Bruxelles Belgium.

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