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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: "Burger King Restaurants Ltd:" <>
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2016 12:10:07 -0000
Subject: Burger King Restaurants Ltd:

Burger King Restaurants Ltd:
23023/ Mainsprings

Dear/Esteemed Customer,
You have just won 350:000,Euros summer Holiday promotional Burger King
cash prize Award Kindly send your/names and your contact telephone number
to this email for urgent Claims/Email/
Burger/King Restaurants Ltd:

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