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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: "Ms.Sunny Ruda." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:52:53 +0300
Subject: Yours Sincerely,


Welcome to Las Vegas online draws. We happily announce to you the result of the EU Atlantic lottery draws held on Sat, July 9, 2016 - Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: VEGAS7560 4846 with serial number 105150 drew with winning numbers 7 8 12 13 25 43 Jackpot 34. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 1,210,000.00 (One Million Two Hundred and Ten Thousand US Dollars only) in cash credited to file LVEAL/8467560/2016. All participants were selected randomly from worldwide web site through computer draws system and extracted from over 10,000.00 companies and personal e-mail addresses.

To file for your claim, and for more details.please reply us with this notification via our claims office on: Contact person;
Mr.Steven William
Tel: +17135847959

Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this promotional lottery program.
Yours Sincerely,
Ms. Sunny Ruda.
Customer Service

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