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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: Sweeps stake Lottery <>
Date: 06 Jun 2016 10:38:51 -0700

Sweeps stake Lottery
an Affiliate of International Lottery organization.
Ticket number: {GA44 Y66HB-5111 B4}
We happily announce you the draw of Sweeps stake Lottery program held in USA- 2016, which your e-mail address attached to ticket number: {GA44 Y66HB-5111 B4} subsequently won you the lottery in 3rd category winners. You have been therefore approved to claim the total sum of Fifty million United States Dollar (50,000,000.00 USD) only.
All participants were selected randomly from world wide web-site, through computer draw system, extracted from over (120,000.00) individuals and companies as promotion takes place only for this season before play coupon begins.
Amount won, is from total cash prize of One hundred and fifty million United States Dollar (150,000,000.00 USD) only, organized by Sweeps stake Lottery International, shared among the three lucky winners in this year coupon draw; and your lucky winning number falls within our United Kingdom booklet representative office in London as indicated in your play coupon for claim.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning notification and information confidential till your claim is processed and your prize money remitted to you in whatever manner you wish to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure avoiding double claim and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be warned.
Contact your fiduciary claim agent: Dr.Mathew Ralph e-mail: with below required details for your (50,000,000.00 USD) prize claim.
Required details:
Full name: -
Full contact address: -
Telephone No.: -
Ticket No.: -
Directly contact Dr.Mathew Ralph, e-mail: for your payment.
Best of Luck,
Ms. Jennifer Glassman .
Sweeps stake Lottery - {zonal coordinator}

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