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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: "Teresa Marie Roberts" <>
Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2018 15:09:37 +0100
Subject: National Lottery Winning Notification !!!

The National Lottery
Office Address: 61-70 Southampton Row,
Bloomsbury London United Kingdom WC1B 4AR.


We are happy to inform you via email that your email address emerged winner=
in the National Lottery Electronic mail jackpot during National Lottery an=
nual global random draw winning that took place in Atlanta USA, Your active=
e-mail address attached to our computer data base during the annual random=
draw generated winning ticket number : 56475600545188 as winnner of =4081.=
5 million great British Pounds in the National Lottery second category prop=
ortion draw.
For security reasons we advise all winners to keep winning information con=
fidential until they receive their winning, this is part of our protective =
security measures to avoid claiming of your winning by third party with fak=
e identity.
For more details about your winning prize contact the fiduciary agent Mr. =
Mike Johnson for immediate processing of your winning by filling in the inf=
ormation below
Full Name :
Home Address :
Gender :
Occupation :
Age :
Telephone Number :
Mr. Mike Johnson
Foreign Service Manager
Watford Regional Centre
Tolpits Lane, Watford WD18 9RN .ENGLAND

Online Co-coordinator
Teresa Marie Roberts

Disclaimer- The information in this email is confidential and may be legall=
y privileged. It is intended solely for the address and others authorized t=
o receive it. If you are not the intended recipient any disclosure copying,=
distribution or action taken in reliance on its content is prohibited and =
may be unlawful.

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