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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mrs. Henriques Flavio" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:17:10 +0200
Subject: Boys & Girls sweepstakes award notice

4500 Still Creek Dr Burnaby, BC V5C 0E5
Tel: Tel: +27-72-571-4656

Dear Winner,

Boys & Girls sweepstakes Clubs of Metro Cape Town and Costco Canada are pleased to announce the eighth annual sweepstakes lottery. A limited number of tickets will be sold in Canada and the South Africa and we are given Limited African continent a chance to win as well through a random selection of emails and physical address.

We are pleased to inform you that your email has won 720,000.00USD of Grand Prize of a Multi-Million Boys & Girls sweepstakes Clubs of Metro Cape Town and Costco. An additional 2,750 prizes will be given away throughout the raffle period.

The odds of winning this prize are 1 in 40. Accept our congratulation. Note the following: Ticket number: AO213TG45 Serial number: 6790321Q Batch number: BA2378YEW Winning number: 1- 8-0-3-33.

Make a contact to our processing agent Adv. Larson Rodgers directly on Tel: +27-72-571-4656, Email: for swift processing and proper guideline.

Note: a sum of $2860.00USD check will be issued and send in your name to help you pay the administrative and transfer charge of your winning. On receipt of the check you will go to your bank and make deposit of the certified check and send it back immediately to enable your payment approve and transfer to your designated account.

Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Henriques Flavio (Remittance Operation Department)

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