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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: "FreeLotto" <>
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2017 15:53:18 +0000
Subject: Congratulations!!

Official ©UK National Freelotto Weekly Draws

Congratulations!! Your E-mail ID has Won you 1.500.000.00 GBP in the on-going National Freelotto World Peace Drew. No Ticket Bought. Your Email Address was selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 company Email Addresses, and 30,000,000 individual Email Addresses from Australia, New Zealand, North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa as part of International Promotions Program. This promo is the 1st of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public on making the World a better place. Your Email Address was attached to a Batch Number "099-22-04-552".

For your payment, you are required to contact our fiduciary agent with your *Name, *Address, *Age, *Sex, *Telephone, *Occupation, via:
Email: or Call: Mr. Green Jones on +44 7537 185715

Yours Faithfully.

Dr.Scott Bleh
{Online Promo Co-ordinator}
©UK National Freelotto Inc.
License Number: BS1094

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