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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: "World Casino Directory" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2016 04:45:10 +0100

World Casino Directory
4771 Bayou Blvd. #177
Pensacola, Florida, USA 32503
Date: 2nd October 2016


The world on line casino directory wish to inform you that your email address has been chosen through the Facebook ballot computer system as one of the 2016 Monthly International Winners of our Sweep stake promotion. You are among the lucky winners approved of the total cash prize of $1,500,000.00 (One Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) which is drawn from the full yearly winning amount of $989,000,000 (Nine Hundred And Eighty Nine Million United States Dollars)

Winning Numbers: Below
PowerBall: 7 15 18 19 36 19
MegaMillions: 1 7 44 68 73 2
Euro Millions: 3 27 32 41 46 4 3
Reference Number: WCDE/7287356473298-A
Ticket Number: 01337876453215
Batch Number: WCD-728-5647-98BN
Number of Winners: 554,776
Non-Jackpot Prizes: $195,868,104

Take note of the above details then fill the following information and send it to the claim agent;

1) Full name:
2) Full address:
3) Mobile/Telephone Number:
4) Sex:
5) Occupation:
6) Age:
7) Reference Number:
8) Winning Numbers:
9) Country:
10) Nationality:

You are strictly advised to contact the world on line casino assigned agent to receive your winning prize of $1,500,000.00.

Name: Davis Milner
Phone/Fax: +(44) 704-572-5663 / +(44) 845-874-0549

Best Regards,
World Casino Directory Board
Head by Bernard Richter
Warning: For security reasons your winning information is not to be disclosed until your prize is successfully given to you to avoid disqualification that may arise from double claim. You may also receive similar message from people portraying to be other Organizations. This is solely to collect your personal information from you and lay claim over your winning. In event that you receive any thing similar to the notification letter that was sent to you kindly delete it and give no further correspondence to such organization or body. Person under 18 years of age is not allowed to claim prize. World Casino Directory, Copyright© 2003 - 2016, E3WD INC, All Rights Reserved.

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