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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: "GOOD NEWS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:27:06 -0700
Subject: Go to this website to read more about you winning (

Face book Lottery Team
REF: online splash promo.

This notification may come to you as a surprise but take out time to read it carefully, as we wishes to congratulate you over your success in the just concluded and official publication of results of the e-mail electronic online Face-book promotional award program. We are pleased to inform you that your e-mail account has won $5,000,000.00USD (Five Million United State Dollars) in Face-book online award promo. Your Ticket number is 00545188 564756. Program, conducted 20th August 2016, and the results were release today. This Lottery is a free promotional program sponsored by consortium of software companies, which means Lottery tickets were not sold. Go to this website to read more about you winning

For more information's/claim procedure of your winning claims, you are advice to contact claims department with the contact information below, and provide him with your winning details as stated below.

Kindly forward below details to:
Contact Person: MR. DAVID M. WEHNER
E-mail: mr.davidmwehner@yahoo. com
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(**) Your Full names:
(**) Your Telephone Number:
(**) Your Contact address:
(**) Your Occupation
(**) Your Country:
(**) Your Age & Sex:
(**) And your lucky number above:
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Prize #77801209/N,
Serial number 5368/02
Lucky numbers: 17 98 09 67 46

NOTE: Please be warned, your winning and its entire information are to be kept strictly confidential, this is to avoid previous bad experience this program has suffered, such as abuse of this program by other internet user who use the name of this company for unscrupulous activities and double claiming of winning entitlement because of insecurity of winning information on the part of beneficiaries. Always call to ensure that you are dealing with the right department. If you find this message in your spam is due to your internet provider.

Yours in service,
Mr. Marc Andreessen
Facebook Lottery Facilitator.
Copyright (c)2016 Facebook Lottery Promotions!

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