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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: "Mikel Bundsel" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2017 06:00:58 -0800

We happily announce to you the draw of the CAYMAN ISLAND  ZANGIVE
Lottery International programs held on the 27th of 20th October, 2017 in
CAYMAN ISLAND Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:
56475600545188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:
19-6-26-17-35-7, which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd
category. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of
US$2,500,000.00 (Two million, Five Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars)in cash credited to file NO./876547908/03.This is from a total
cash prize of U.S $2.5 Million dollars, shared among the first nine
(9) lucky winners in this category.
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site
through computer draw system and extracted from over 50,000 companies.
This promotion takes place annually. Please note that your lucky
winning number falls within our GEORGIA booklet representative office
in USA as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, Our USA
agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release
of your funds as soon as you contact him. For security reasons, you
are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your
claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner
you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary
measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program
by some unscrupulous elements. Please be warned.
Send these information of yours
Your full names
Your age
Your Phone
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your
reference/batch numbers in any correspondence with us or our
designated agent. Congratulations once more from all members and
staffs of this program.
Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.
Dr. Mikel Bundsel

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