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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: "International Online Lottery" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:27:54 -0700
Subject: You are a Winner , Congratulations !!!

TICKET NUMBER: BH-05607546-10
You are a Winner , Congratulations !!!
We are happy to announce that you have been selected among the Lucky winners for the International Online Lottery Award Prize of GBP:2,850,000.00 (Two Million Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand British Pounds Sterling only) via our auto generated system operated by Camelot Group .
Your active email address attached to your computer IP address generated ticket number: BH-05607546-17 with reference batch number UK/KA2C110EN7 has won International Online Lottery 2nd category award Prize.
You are hereby advised to immediately contact our Accredited Fiduciary agent attached to your claim Prize by providing the below personal details, to enable him process the release of your winning prize to you .
Full Names :
Postal Address :
Ref / Ticket Number :
Direct Phone Line :
Accredited Agent Contact Details for your Winning Prize:
International Online Lottery Fiduciary Agent
Mr Nail Ferguson JR
Int'l Service Manager
Watford Regional Centre.
Tel No : +44-745-2181439
Email  :
Congratulations once again.
Yours Faithfully,
Ms Pauline Mckinney
(Online Co-ordinator)
International Online Lottery.
Note: For security reasons and to avoid mix-up of winning numbers and names, we strongly advice that you keep this notification strictly confidential from any third party until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security measures to avoid double claime or unscrupulous acts by non-participants of this programme.

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