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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: "E - LOTTO PRIZE AWARDS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <E-Totto@volny.cz>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 22:48:42 +0100
Subject: Congratulations to you????

THE DESK OF THE DIRECTOR E - LOTTO PRIZE AWARD DEPT.

We are pleased to inform you of the email reward program for internet users. Your email address was the star pick from the automated ballot system and by Virtue of this pick, you are entitled to receive the grand reward of two Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars.
***********************************************
This is a reward program for the patronage of internet services and all email addresses entered for the promotional draws were randomly selected from an internet resource database of registered software and domain users. This promotional draw was conducted in Spain, but email entries were drawn on a global basis.
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*Ref Number: RGM/1313-101
*Batch Number: 444821545-NL/2017
*Ticket Number: PP 3812 /2017
*Winning Amount : $2,500,000.00.USD
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As our star winner, you are immediately advised to contact our claims agent with the contact details:

Name: Mr. Thomas Freeman.
Email: claimsagent@cyber-phone.eu
Phone: 0032 675 479 6696

Congratulations once again.

Yours Faithfully,
Mr. Hass Andel
THE DIRECTOR E - LOTTO PRIZE AWARD DEPT
Email: E-Totto@volny.cz

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