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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: "Euro Millions Lottery" <>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:42:06 +0200
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- This mail is in HTML. Some elements may be ommited in plain text. -

Dear Winner

This is to notify you that your email address has won you a life changing sum of $450,000,000 (Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars) on EURO MILLIONS LOTTERY!
Our automated system has recently notified us that your payment is ready to be initiated via batch 3 dispatch.
Hence, kindly contact Mr Timothy Landon; your claim agent with Reference Nº: EM000175/0730 for your immediate payment.

Contact Claim Agent:
Timothy Landon
Payment Manager
Authenticate claimant info below:
1. Full name and address.
2. Date of Birth &amp; Telephone number (Mobile).
3. Scanned copy of Valid ID.
4. Country of Residence.

Best Regards,
Raffle Draw Department
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