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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:

Date: Sun, 25 Aug 2019 18:57:26 +0200

Lucky Winner,
We are delighted to inform you of the MEGA LOTTERY PICKER 2019 DRAW held o=
n AUG/17/2019; Due to mix up of names and numbers the results were released=
on AUG/21/2019. Your name attached to ticket number: 01890419 with serial=
number: 9912 drew lucky numbers: 4-13-21-27-36-38 with bonus ball 45 which=
consequently won in the 3rd category, you have therefore been approved t=
he winner for a lump sum pay out of Four Million Five Hundred Thousand Unit=
ed State Dollars ($4,500,000.00) Congratulations! Note: This is a tax-free =
draw and all participants were selected through a computer ballot system dr=
awn from Over 40,000,000, people worldwide.
Please kindly download the attachement for more information on how to cla=
im your won Prize

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