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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: "Mr. Ausbert Williams" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2019 23:02:19 +0100


We are happy to inform you via email that your email address emerged winner in the EURO MILLIONS Lottery Electronic mail jackpot during National Lottery annual global random draw winning that took
place in UNITED KINGDOM.Your active e-mail address attached to our computer data base during the annual random draw generated.
Winning ticket number: 02-14-19-42-45 05 06 as winnner of £4.5 million Great British Pounds in the EUROMILLIONS Lottery second category proportion draw.

For security reasons we advise winners to keep winning information confidential until they receive their winning, this is part of our protective security measures to avoid claiming of your winning by
third party with fake identity. Click on the link below for more prove about recent and past winners For more details about your winning prize contact the agent Mr.Thomas Roberts
for immediate processing of your winning by filling in the information below

Full Name :
Home Address :
Gender :
Occupation :
Age :
Phone Number :
Winning Ticket Number:
Email :

Name: Mr. Thomas Roberts

Mr. Ausbert Williams
Foreign Service Manager
Disclaimer- The information in this email is confidential and maybe legally privileged. It is intended solely for the address and
others authorized to 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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