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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: Scott Carson <>
Reply-To: Scott Carson <>
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2019 17:07:31 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Congratulations:


world online directory wishes to inform you that your facebook and email
address has been chosen through the ballot computer system as one of the
2019 International Winners of our Sweep stake promotion. You are among
the lucky winners approved for  the total cash prize of $1,500,000.00 (One
Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)

Winning Numbers: Below
PowerBall: 7 15 18 19 36 19
MegaMillions: 1 7 44 68 73 2
Euro Millions: 3 27 32 41 46 4 3
Reference Number: WCDE/7287356473298-A
Ticket Number: 01337876453215
Batch Number: WCD-728-5647-98BN
Number of Winners: 554,776
Non-Jackpot Prizes: $195,868,104

Take note of the above details then fill the following information and send it to the claim agent:
1) Full name:
2) Full address:
3) Mobile/Telephone Number:
4) Sex:
5) Occupation:
6) Age:
7) Reference Number:
8) Winning Numbers:
9) Country:
10) Nationality:

You are strictly advised to contact the world on line casino assigned agent to receive your winning prize of $1,500,000.00.
kindly send your information to the agent :

Name: Elvis Donald

Best Regards,

Head by Bernard Richter

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