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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: "Maria Lozova" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:52:57 -0700
Subject: Congratulations: You have won

Ref: EUMSL/846756/2018

We happily announce to you the result of the EuroMillions Super lottery. Your electronic mail ID has been awarded to claim the sum of £2,240,640.23. An official letter was sent to your address based on our records.

Kindly confirm receipt to our claims office if you received the letter or not. For claims and more details, write our claims office at: Telephone: +447031993695

Attached this memo when contacting them.

This is a confidential mail. You received this message as a beneficiary of this draws. If you have any questions, please contact our customer support.

Sincerely yours,
Maria Lozova
Oakwood Park
Harrogate HG3 3BF
(703) 199-3695

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