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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:

Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 18:00:06 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dear winner,

Dear winner,

This is to inform you that you have been declared the winner of the EL-GORDO LOTTERY DRAW. Your e-mail address attached to the ticket number 13-21-40-42-52 with the serial number 791-18 attracted the lucky numbers 3-27-30-38-53-7 who consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category.

You have received a lump sum payment of EUR 2,500,000 (two million five hundred thousand euros) in cash credited to file no .: PZ2251256003. Your fund is now deposited with a security company and insured on your behalf.

To begin your claim, please contact our accredited claims officer, Mr. Roberto Lucas, Email:

We advise you to provide the requirement below to process your request and your money will be given to you.

(1) Your full name:
(2) Your address
(3) Your nationality:
(4) Your occupation:
(5) Sex:
(6) Your date of birth:
(7) Mobile phone:
(8) Home phone:
(9) Office phone:
(10) Your valid identity card:

NOTE: All winnings must be claimed before one month (30 days). After this date, all unclaimed funds will be included in the next bet. In addition, in case of change of address, inform our agent as soon as possible.

Congratulations once again from our staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.


Valentina Samuel.

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