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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: Euro Million's Lottery
Date: 1 Nov 2019 16:01:56 -0700
Subject: Congratulation: You're a winner!

Customer Service
UK Regional Office
Acorns Oakwood Park Business Centre
Fountains Road Bishop Thornton, Harrogate
HG3 3BF, UK.


Reference to the 1,226th Euro-Millions draw that took place on
Friday 18th October 2019 at 21:00 CEST (20:00 BST) through the
Euro-Millions draw system were your E-mail address emerged among
lucky winners with the drawn winning numbers:

Lucky numbers 8-18-22-41-42- Star Number 11-12
Millionaire Maker: HBMS19261
serial number MZNS47038
Prize credited to file EURO/86169/2019

An official letter was sent to your address. Your email address
has been awarded the sum of
1,957,533 GB Pounds.

Confirm receipt of this notification by contacting your claims
officer Mr. Kennith William on for more details.

visit the link
to view your winning details as published on the Euro-Millions

Euro-Millions prizes must be claimed within 90 days of the draw
date. This is a confidential mail sent to ONLY winners of this

If you have any questions, please contact our customer support.

Kind regards,
Peter Jones
Customer Support

The content of this email is confidential and intended only for
the recipient(s) to which it has been addressed. It is for the
exclusive use of the intended recipient(s). If you are not the
intended recipient(s),please note that any form of distribution,
copying or use of this communication, or the information within,
is strictly prohibited and maybe unlawful. Equally, you must not
disclose all, or part, of its contents to any other person. If
you have received

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