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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: "EURO MILLION" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2017 15:21:22 -0700
Subject: REF/EU/BDM/196/361/CW/US

Congratulations!!! Your Email Have Won (3,000,000.00) Three Million British Pounds (4,268,100.00) From The NEW EURO MILLIONS DATA BASE Sweepstakes Program,We understand lotteries Program have been severely Abused on the internet this make it very difficult for Genuine winner to identify what is Real from What is Fake,Our sweepstakes Program dully conform with the Anti-Fraud policy existing between EURO MILLIONS Lottery company and the European Union Government to process your Claims Contact Ms. Carl Karen with Your Details Name: Occupation: Phone Number: Mailing Address: Sex: Age: Country: Contact Email:


Ms. Carl Karen.
Euro Millions Announcer

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