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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: "APEX LOTTERY PROMO" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2017 01:12:53 -0800

Ref Number: ALUS/910/16454
Batch Number: VC/32/ID1141     
Dear Winner,
We are happy to announce to you that your email address have won $4,000,000.00 (Four Million US Dollars). You were selected among the 10(Ten) lucky winners during the internet ballot draw of the APEX LOTTERY PROMO.
You are advised to contact the claim department immediately with the below information for the release of your prize money:
Mr. Williams Connor(Claim Agent)
Tel: +1-202 5046 8399
Fax: +1-202 5063 8300
International prize Department
Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Alice Brandon
Online Coordinator
Thanks & Regards
Hari Kishan Chouhan
Santosh Chemicals
Jodhpur Tower,Ground Floor,
Dharamnarayanji Ka Hatta,
Paota, JODHPUR-342010
Telefax 0291-24541077

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