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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: "LOTTO INTERNATIONAL" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 08:34:33 +0100
Subject: LOTTO

REF-NUMBER GWK / 7519 /059741 /05 UAD
BATCH -NUMBER: 316 /2004 /BLL.......ATTN:

we are pleased to inform you about the result of the winners international lottery Brussels programs held on the 13th january 2015,your E-mail Address attached to the ticket NO:1002-25634789-6973 with serial no:984,
02 drew from the lucky NO:02-59-74-31-89-09-28-47-76-58,which consequently won the lottery in the first category, you have therefore been approve to give you a verry BIG house with, 9 bed rooms with 3 sitting rooms, and 3 birthroom, 3 kichen appart, 3 toilet appart, and one garrage appart, and playing ground for children, including 2004 BMW JEEP with full option,and swiming pool 15 meters by 23. and you are one of the 29, poeple that win this lottery worldwide. and also the companies promise to give you 150, 000 euro check after they give you the key of your house, inside and outside the house is perfect, so you have to repire anything in the house, because it is a new house.this lottery is organized by host country belgium collabarotion with international companies,fund for the draws were cotributed by the major,microsoft, BMW, julius berger, pepsi, rolex, nike
your fund is now deposited with our payment/ finance department in the security company to your e-mail address, due to the mixed up of some numbers and e-mail addresses,we ask that you keep this winning a top secret from the poblic notice untill your claim has been processed, this is the part of security protocol, to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of this program by participants.
all participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from the 20, 000 companies, 30, 000, 000, individual e-mail addresses from all over the world as part of our international promotions program, which we conduct every year, we hope that with part of your wining you will take part in our next year lottery,
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR CLAIM MANAGER, Mr Denis Moor . phone...2347089055281. Fax : 0032322-692-44
Remember, all wining must be claimed not later than 29th of August, 2016, after this date all unclaimed funds will be returned to the promotion
NOTE: in order to avoid unnecessary delay and complication, please remember to quote your security credicted file number and batch
numbers respectively in every correspondence with your claim agent.FURTHERMORE, should there be any change of your address do
inform your claim agentas soon as possible.
congratulation once again from all numbers of our staff and thank you
for being part of our promotions program.

Best Regards

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