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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: "UK Afro Promo" <>
Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2018 12:27:44 +0200
Subject: Prize Claim Promo.

No:47 Se1-7NA-London United Kingdom balking.

#WINNING NUMBERS#: 1,5,24,34,41 Bonus 10.

Attn: Winner,

We happily announce to you the draw of UK/AFRO National Lottery online
Sweepstakes International program held for year 2018. You have won
GBP£1,000000.00 (One Million British Pounds Sterling Only) from UK/AFRO
lottery draw 2018.

Your Email ID was one of the selected emails all over the World Wide
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 Afro booklet representative office
in Africa as indicated in our database here. In view of this,
GBP£1,000,000.00 (One Million British Pounds Sterling Only) would be
released to you by our nominated paying bank, First National Bank of South

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

Name: Mr. Garret Adams Baloyi.
Tel: +27 747 659 857.

You are advised to send the following information to your Claim Agent to
facilitate the release of your%2

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