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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: "EURO-MILLIONS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2018 06:28:47 +0200
Subject: Dear Emai User

We are pleased to inform you the result of the just concluded annual EuroMillions Loyalty Programs.
The online EuroMillions Loyalty Programs draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses from an exclusive list of 29,031 e-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer (TOPAZ) search from the internet. However, no tickets were sold but all e-mail addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy.
Your email was selected to claim the sum of £450,000.00 (Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds),send your names and phone number to the email below for immediate release of your won cash.


To avoid double claim, you are advice to keep your winning to yourself.
Online Lottery claim department London United kingdom.

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