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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: "Scoop Lotto" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2016 05:20:03 -0500
Subject: Re: You Won

RE: 20 Years Anniversary Awards!
2 Triton Square,
Regent's Place, London,
NW1 3AN, United Kingdom.
Dear Sir/Madam,
With utmost joy, we are pleased to inform you of the result of the SCOOP LOTTO. Programs, held on the 29th of November 2016, which drew a cash prize of (GBP) 1,000,000.00.
Your e-mail address attached to Ticket/ Number: OC, 20, 33, 19, 12 with Reference Number: LOP-093 785/92 drew these Lucky Numbers: 39, 31, 43, 46, 12, 20, Batch Number: 42, 58, 16, 35, 23, 44 which consequently won in the 1st category. You have been approved to receive a cash prize of 1,000,000.00 (One Million Great British Pounds Sterling).
Be advised that due to incessant mix up in cash prize transfer to previous winners, we advise that you keep your winning information confidential until your claim has been processed and released to you.
This security measure is critical; it's a measure put in place to avoid double claims, transfer and unwarranted abuse of this program by other participants.
Participants were selected anonymously through a private ballot system (computer ballot) from over 35,000 companies and 70,000 individual e-mail addresses all over the world. At the final draw your e-mail address emerged as the winner of our last jackpot.
This is promotional program takes place bi-annually, and it is promoted and sponsored Orient software corporation (Orient Networks). It is met to reward some individuals and corporations who have devoted their time and resources surfing the world wide web (www) with their email addresses.
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 30th December, 2016, after the expiration of that time frame, if your funds are unclaimed, it will be refunded to us and included in our next draws.
We hope you will use part of your cash prize to participate in our next GBP 18million draws in June 2017.
Lastly, in order to avoid unnecessary delays/complications with the transfer of your funds to you, please always remember to quote your Code number in all correspondence with our legal adviser. To begin your claim and how to obtain your winning ticket number from the Game Board, please contact our Director, Claims and legal adviser:
For future verification purposes, when replying provide the following:
Full Names:
Contact Address:
Telephone/Mobile Number(s):
Alternative email account if any:
Ever Won An Online Lottery?
To file for your claim, contact your processing agent
Mr. Herman Brood.
Tel: +44 (793) 769 2891
Furthermore, should there be any change of your present address, please notify us immediately so to make the appropriate adjustment.
Congratulations from the management and staffs of SCOOP LOTTO.
Yours faithfully,
Scoop Lotto.

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