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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: US Mega Lottery <>
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2019 00:32:22 +0700
Subject: Dear E-mail User , Congratulations !!!!

USA Mega Lottery
2311 W Sahara Ave,
Las Vegas, NV 87187, USA.

Winning Number: 7-12-17-24-44/56
Ref Number: USML4674667/HK676


Dear E-mail User ,

Your e-mail ID has emerged as a winner of USD $6,500,000.00 (Six
Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in our on-going
USA Mega Lottery Promotion Award. We wish to congratulate you once
again on this note, for being part of our winners selected this year
2019. This promotion was set-up to encourage the active users of the
EMAIL / INTERNET, Google search engine, the Google ancillary services,
support poor victims, support widows, uplift poverty alleviation,
charity aid, community development, improve the level of education
worldwide, encourage the use of Internet and computers worldwide for
vast knowledge and also increase the standard of living of the less

Your winning prize of $6,500,000 has been approved, and will be
transferred / delivered to your designated address without any further

To claim your winning prize, please contact the USA Mega Lottery Award
claims Agent (Mr Rico Franz) by filling the winning confirmation form

USA Mega Lottery Claims Agent
Mr Rico Franz
Contact Email:

Kindly fill your information as required below, and forward it to the
Fiduciary Agent;

1. Full Name:
2. Full Address:
3. Occupation:
4. Sex:
5. Age:
6. Marital Status:
7. Direct Phone No:
8. Country:

NB: USA Mega Lottery values your right to privacy! Your information is
100% secured and will be used exclusively for the purpose of this
award only, and will never be exposed.

The USA Mega Lottery Award Team has discovered a huge number of double
claims due to winners informing close friends, relatives and third
parties about their winning and also sharing their pin numbers. As a
result of this, these friends try to claim the lottery on-behalf of
the real winners. The USA Mega Lottery Award Team has reached a
decision that any double claim discovered by the Lottery Board will
result to the cancellation of that particular winning, making a loss
for both the double claimer and the real winner, as it is taken that
the real winner was the informer to the double claimer about the
lottery. So you are hereby strongly advised once more to keep your
winnings strictly confidential until you claim your prize.

Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of USA Mega Lottery Board
Commission, and we advice you to use your winning prize money wisely.

Dr. Alexander Davidson.
Promotion Award Manager.
(C) 2019 USA Mega Lottery Corporation.

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