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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: "GLOBAL AWARDS (NOPGA)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:32:48 +0200

We wish to notify you that your email address was automatically generated and selected during Network Online Program GLOBAL AWARDS (NOPGA) yearly International Online Promotions draw held in Johannesburg.
You have therefore been approved to claim a Star Prize of $3, 000.000.00 Three Million US Dollars in cash credited to Reference No: 5676/2017. The award money is payable through bank transfer or ATM Card.
To claim your winning prize contact your appointed claim agent in our paying bank payment processing center South Africa for Immediate Release of your fund.
Contact person:Mrs.Nicky Trevor.
Telephone: +27-61-139-1034
Fax number: +27- 86-216-9785
Quote your details and Reference number
1. Full names:
2. Mobile:
3. Age:
4. Sex:
5. Country:
6. Occupation:
7. Reference No:
8. Email Address:
Congratulations'' once again from all our Staff and thank you for being part of our Promotions Program
Mr.Fred Morgan
(Coordinator/ Online Publicity).
Copyrightę2017 Network Online Program Global Awards.

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