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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: "Frances Williams" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2018 03:59:28 -0800
Subject: Winning Notification

The Irish Lottery
P O Box 1010
11 G Lower Dorset Street, Date: Nov, 13. 2018
Dublin 1, Ireland
(Customer Services)
Ref: UK/9420X29884
Batch: 074/05/ZY369/2018
We happily announce to you the draw (#1004) of the IRISH LOTTERY online Sweepstakes International program held on August 9th 2018- . It is now available for claims and you are getting the final NOTIFICATION as regards this.

Your e - m a i l address attached to TICKET number: 5 6 4 7 5 6 0 0 5 4 5 1 8 8 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 16-17-20-28-31-35 with a bonus of 04. Which subsequently won you the lottery in the 1st category i.e. match 5 plus bonus.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 2,800,000.00 (Two Million Eight Hundred Thousand Euros) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03, your winning ticket in this category i.e. Match 6 plus bonus. All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion takes place weekly. Please note that you’re lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your 2,750,000.00 (Two Million Seven Hundred And Fifty Thousand Euros) will be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.

Our European 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 claim 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.

Please be warned!!!
To file for your claim, contact our fiduciary agent:
MR Peter. T. Morrison

NOTE: Due to frequent calls on these telephone lines; calls may not go through due to conjunction. Please keep trying. We sincerely apologise for the inconveniences.
Endeavour to email/fax him your full names, winning numbers, email address, telephone and fax numbers immediately.
Congratulations from me and members of staff of THE IRISH LOTTERY.

Yours faithfully,
Mrs Frances Williams
Online coordinator for THE IRISH LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.

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