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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: MCarolina Curtis
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2017 22:32:59 +0900
Subject: National Lottery Winning Notification !!!

The National Lottery
P.O.Box 1010
Liverpool L70 1NL. United Kingdom
(Customer service) NOTIFICATION DESK
Attention: Email Account Holder,
We are happy to announce that you have won an Email lottery jackpot prize in our international lottery promotion.
Your active e-mail address attached to computer generated ticket number: 56475600545 188has won 1.5Million Great British Pounds in UK Lottery 2nd category award prize,for more details about your winning prize contact our claim agent with your information.
For security reasons, we advise all winners to keep this information confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize released to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid dual claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this program by non-participant or unofficial personnel,You may want to go through our online web result checker
to verify your prize online with your numbers: 06 22 28 30 39 44
Contact Payment Processing Officer by filling in the information below
Full Name :
Home Address :
Gender :
Occupation :
Age :
Telephone Number :
Mr.  Mike Johnson
Foreign Service Manager
Watford Regional Centre
Tolpits Lane, Watford WD18 9RN .ENGLAND
Phone Number: +447031967711
Congratulations once again!!!
Online Co-coordinator
Teresa Marie Roberts
Disclaimer- The information in this email is confidential and may be 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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