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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: "ITN Partners" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2018 15:07:52 +0200
Subject: RE: Congratulations!!! Your Email Have Won A Prize Money

ITN Partners
In conjunction with;
Coca-Cola Company
United Kingdom


Dear Winner

We are pleased to announce to you that your email address was among those selected from the online world wide E-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies, as selections were made through electronic balloting System and of which your email address already exists in the data base of the information technology network you subscribed to.

This lotto promo is sponsored by Coca-Cola Company in conjunction with
conglomerate of information technology network partners as part of their social responsibility aimed at Creating hope and Opportunity to people around the world.

To redeem your prize of £1,250,000.00 GBP, You are required to provide the information listed below for due process of your prize winning to our Claim Department via this email:

Full Names:
Home Address:
Telephone Number:


Best Regards,
Mr.Ivan Fraser
For: Information Department
ITN Partners

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