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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: "Mrs. Sarah Lawson" <>
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2017 16:49:16 -0700
Subject: Lucky Winner No:19

Dear Lucky Winner,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the MICROSOFT ONLINE E-MAILS LOTTERY PROGRAM an International
program held on the 27th of October 2017, in which your e-mail address was attached to the following winning information's

Batch No: WD18/0065/04RN
Our Ref: SLNL/255457004/17
Our Ref: SL-NL/0627/17

To file for your claim, please contact the claiming manager office through the below email addresses not later five(5)days from
today after which all funds will be returned as unclaimed. (

Best regards.
Mrs.Sarah Lawson
Promotion Coordinator


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