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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: EuroMillions <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2018 04:50:33 -0700
Subject: ***SPAM*** Congratulations: You have won

We happily announce to you the 1112th EuroMillions draw that took place on Friday 18th May 2018 at 21:00 CEST (20:00 BST) and the winning numbers drawn were:

Lucky numbers 5/8/10/13/31-Star Number 3/6
ticket number: TQHH79028
serial number ZQHC86169
Prize credited to file EURO/86169/2018

Your electronic email address has been awarded the sum of £2,261,817.00. An official letter was posted to your address.

Kindly, confirm receipt of this notification to your claims officer for moredetails at: Mr. Steven Willaim E-mail;
Telephone:+447031993695. Attached this memo when contacting him. View your details on

EuroMillions prizes must be claimed within 90 days of the draw date,so winners for this draw are valid until Thursday 16th August 2018. This is a confidential mail sent to ONLY winners of this draws.

If you have any questions, please contact our customer support.

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

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