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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: Carolina Curtis
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2018 00:18:08 -0700
Subject: You are confidentially needed as trustee

The National Lottery
P.O.Box 1010
Liverpool L70 1NL. United Kingdom
(Customer service) NOTIFICATION DESK
Attention: Email Account Holder,

We are happy to inform you that your email address has emerged winner in t=
he National Lottery Electronic platform email jackpot in our GLOBAL annual =
random draw winning promo that took place in Atlanta USA, Your active e-mai=
l address attached to our computer data base during the annual random compu=
ter draw generated ticket winning number of: 56475600545188 has won =A31.5 =
million great British Pounds in the National Lottery second category propor=
tion draw.

For security reasons we advise all winners to keep this information confide=
ntial until they receive you their winning, this is part of our security po=
licy to avoid claiming of your winning by third party with fake identity an=
d by non-participant.

For more details about your winning prize contact Mr. Mike Johnson for imme=
diate processing of your winning by filling in the information below

Full Name :
Home Address :
Gender :
Occupation :
Age :
Telephone Number :

Mr. Mike Johnson
Foreign Service Manager
Watford Regional Centre
Tolpits Lane, Watford WD18 9RN .ENGLAND


Online Co-coordinator
Teresa Marie Roberts

Disclaimer- The information in this email is confidential and may be legall=
y privileged. It is intended solely for the address and others authorized t=
o receive it. If you are not the intended recipient any disclosure copying,=
distribution or action taken in reliance on its content is prohibited and =
may be unlawful.

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