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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: "Facebook Lottery Dept." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2017 03:26:18 -0000
Subject: Claim Your Cash Prize With Your Winning Code FBLOTTO:38293/17.


Have you been informed about your Facebook winnings ?

I am so happy for you because your Facebook account has been chosen among the listed Facebook accounts WORLWIDE that won the sum of $500,000 USD, this amount is given to large Facebook active users and appreciate them for using our platform / service ;therefore, it is not limited to a specific country or region.

Your email was selected by Automatic Random Machine Ballot System, whereby your Facebook user name showed up as the 7th amongst the 13 lucky winners so your winning prize is 100% real and legitimate.

In order to claim your winnings, you have to provide these information to re-confirm your details in our Database so that the Facebook Board will be able to issue your Winning Certificate and all necessary documents attached to your cash prize for you:

Full Name:

Full Home address:




Mobile Number:

Email Address:

NOTE: For your jurisdiction, here are some pictures of winners like you that have received their cash prizes.


Note: For security reasons and due to the mix-up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this notification strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by non-participants in the use of this platform. "BE WARNED"

Mr. Mark Hamilton ,
Lottery Coordinator,
Head-CEEMEA Marketing Communications ,
Private email:
Facebook © 2017

Anti-fraud resources: