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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: "Don Luis Alberto" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:39:46 +0200
Subject: Winning Notification

Confirmation Ticket no: NZ212/2011-14 Contact Person: Don Jose Antonio ,
Tell:+34-632 152 859 Reply to Email:
Reference Number: ABA/0999/171
Batch Number:EGS/1983-022
Serial N. PMSQ021542311,Ticket no: NZ212/2011-14, lucky No:4-19-26-27-30-3-8,
you have won( 850,000.00 Eight hundred and fifty thousand Euros )
in the ?euromillions online sweepstaks program corporations, held 26th of August 2016.
In Madrid (SPAIN).
This email was sent to notify you officially about the award and to advise you to contact the processing office immediately for claim, SEVILLA SEGUROS S.A,


Reply to Email:
Alberto Lucia

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