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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: "Olivia Moore" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 4 Sep 2019 13:16:29 -0700
Subject: Re: Congratulations

Dear Lucky Winner,

We are happy to inform you that you have been selected as a lucky winner in Year 2019 Samsung Electronics Consumer Promotions. Your email address was picked by our Electronic Random Selection System (ERSS) from an exclusive list of 98,000,000 e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies in our consumer database. Your email address is identified with Batch Number: SM/05/26/039 and Serial number 8317/2019 in Category "B" and your claims Portfolio is filed with Ref Number:SM/9205/DE. You are therefore awarded a cash prize of $850,000.00 (Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollar) from the total payout.

Your prize award of $850,000.00 has been insured under a bonded depository policy with your e-mail address and will be transferred into your bank account upon meeting the claims requirements, verification and satisfactory report.

You are advised to contact our certified and accredited agent with the below information to claim your cash prize.
****************************** *******
Name: Mr. Paul Allen
Processing Agent
****************************** *******
Endeavour to provide him with the following information in your contact with him.


You are to keep prize information confidential, especially your reference and serial numbers. This is important as a case of double claiming will not be entertained.

Congratulations from all members of staff of Samsung Electronics Company. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.

Yours Faithfully,

Olivia Moore
Promo Co-ordinator

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