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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: "Dr.Felix Wilson" <>
Date: Sat, 28 Dec 2019 03:19:36 -0800

You're receiving this email from the Free

Lotto® Services. We are delighted to congratulate you more on your email
achievement in our online draw held recently at the LOTTERY FREELOTTO
online International program. for 2019 Prize promotion which was organized
by the network of email services providers like YAHOO, AOL, WINDOWS LIVE,
MSN, HOTMAIL and others. Computer balloting system collects all the email
addresses of the people that are registered online, among the millions that
subscribed to email service providers in every two years to benefit from
this promotion and you are one of the Selected Winners Your e-mail ID
which was registered with Elm#:78954/221 was among the 17 Lucky winners of
Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($2,500,000.00 USD) each. To
begin your claims, contact the fiduciary agent with your winning
identification numbers for payment of your winning fund. Your
identification numbers: BATCH NUMBER: MFI/08/APA-43658, REFERENCE NUMBER:
2008234522, PIN: 1208 WINNING NUMBER: 01 14 21 30 35 48.

[1] Full Names: ___________

[2] Contact address: ___________

[3] Direct Telephone No: ________________

[4] Occupation: __________

[5] Age: _______________

[6] Sex: _______________

[7] Country: _______________

[8] Your ID or valid passport copy. ___________________

Name Teriston Gumal
Email contact:
provided your winning reference below
Your Reference No is –Fre14/45698
Your winning Tic No 33698533
File No 02365333

Director of free lotto head office
Mr. Felix Wilson

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