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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:

Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2018 17:40:54 +0200
Subject: Your Entitlement

Attn: Winner,

We happily announce to you the draw of UK/European National Lottery online Sweepstakes International program held for year 2018. You have won Euro 1,000, 00000 (One Million Euro Only) from UK/European lottery draw 2018.

Your Email ID was one of the selected emails from all over the World  Websites in the online lottery draw in which your email emerged as a winning email with the lucky winning numbers above. Please, note that your lucky winning numbers falls within our European database representative office in Spain as indicated in our database. In view of this, your Euro 1,000,000.00 (One Million Euro Only) would be released to you by our nominated paying bank, In Spain.

In order to process your winning for transfer, you are advice to contact our Europe fiduciary agent with the details below for your payment.

Name: Mr.Carl Watson 

Tel: +447497472092

You are advised to send the following information to your Claim Agent to facilitate the release of your fund to you.

1.Full Names:

2.Country of origin


4.Telephone Number:

5.Fax Number:

6.Date of birth:



9.Marital Status:

Congratulations once again.

Yours sincerely,

Jane Scott (European Lottery Co.ordinator)

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