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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: "ILTS ADMIN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2021 21:31:29 +0800
Subject: Claim Your Prize

International Lottery & Totalizator Systems, Inc.
2310 Cousteau Court Vista,
CA 92081 United States

Dear email owner ,

This is to inform you that you won a prize money of Five Million,five
hundred thousand United states [$5,500,000,00] for the 2021 International
E-mail Draw Awards, organized by International Lottery & Totalizator
Systems, Inc(ILTS).

ILTS collects all the email addresses of people who are active on the
Internet , between the millions of people that are subscribed to Yahoo,
Hotmail, AOL, Walla, Gmail, mail.Cz, American Mail, Mail Russian,
Indian Mail, Arabic Mail, Italian mails, and only few from other
e-mail providers. Six people are selected each year to take advantage of this
offer and you are one of the selected persons.


The winners will be paid in accordance of the Settlement Center.
ILTS awards must be claimed no later than 15 days from the date of
notification Draw. Any prize not claimed within this period will be

Listed below is your identification number:

These figures, which fall within the America Location file [ALF], you

are asked to contact our fiduciary agent in the United States[Mr Henry Waters]

Agent Name: Henry Waters


Lottery winners form of payment requests.

FullName :
Date of Birth :
State :
Occupation :

The winner's reference / batch No : (for Approval) .

This would begin the process that will permit the release of your prize money.


Kind Regards,
Mey Micha
(International Lottery & Totalizator Systems, Inc 2021)

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