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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: "ONLINE LOTTO" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:02:10 +0100

Numbers Matched 2x Megaplier Odds Of Winning
5 + WON Jackpot 1 in/258,890,850
5 + WON $1,750,000,00 1 in/18,492,204
4 + Bonus $5,000 1 in/739,688
4 + Bonus $500 1 in/52,835
3 + Bonus $50 1 in/10,720
3 + Bonus $29 1 in/766
2 + Bonus $750 1 in/473
1 + Bonus $40 1 in/56
Bonus only $6,957 1 in/21

With a jackpot that starts at $15,000,000, Mega Millions has gained
international notoriety for consistently handing out huge jackpots. A
total of seven jackpots of more than $300,000,000 have been won in its
lifetime. Officially on sale in 42 states, as well as Washington D.C. Mega
Millions tickets can also be bought online through various ticket agents.

Your email address has won you the sum of ONE Million SEVEN Hundred And
fifty Thousand US$1,750, 000,00, from OUR Online Lotto, all the E-mail
addresses were selected from a database of internet e-mail users,from
which your email address came out as the winning coupon.

Winning expiring date 30th of april , 2017. Your /Approval No; UN5685P/
ODDS Of Winning/258,890,850/
Reference No.-35460021/Certificate of Merit Payment No: 103, Released Code
No: 0763/ Contact our fiduciary Agent below with your winning number:

Online Lotto Agency.
Mr Anthony Emerson,
Director of winning claim department.
Hotline ..(260-994-0550)
Office: <>

Thank You for Chosen Us,
Remain Blessed Mrs. Nancy Allen.
Award Director

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