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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: "Sweepstakes" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2019 17:09:32 +0800
Subject: Following official publication

Following official publication results of email sweepstakes program released on the 1st of February 2019 Organized by the TOYOTA LOTTO COMPANY CHINA FOR SPRING FESTIVAL WINNING AWARD . Your electronic Mail address <> attached to a Ticket Number (62-89-32-65-00) has won the prize Sum of USD500,000.00 including a Toyota Rav4 of the winning present and for the Second Category of the TOYOTA FORTUNE LOTTO DRAW. (Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) For Further inquires and claims or your collection;

CONTACT: Dr Andy Wu.
CITY / COUNTRY: Shenzhen-China.
TEL: +86-13509287361
Reply to Email:

It is important to note that your award information was released on the 1st of February 2019 with the following Particulars attached to it.

Email Ticket NO: 62-89-32-65-00
Reference NO: CNFB-92, 333, 98, 945
Serial NO: 334-84-954
Batch NO: CCAT 8439247w
LUCKY DRAW No. : 9-43-32-65-11-19
Your Full Name and Address:
Telephone Number:

PLEASE NOTE THAT all wining must be claimed not later than 30 working days.


Mr. Mike Lou.
CITY / COUNTRY: Beijing China

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