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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: Teresa Marie Roberts <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2019 05:34:50 +0900
Subject: Online Lottery Winning Notification !!!


Office Address:The Lottery Company Ltd.
The Exchange
Station Parade
HG1 1TS-

Attn: Email Account Owner,
Congratulations!! We happily announce to you the draw (#1134) of the Euro-=
Millions, online Sweepstakes promotion held in London-United Kingdom and At=
lanta USA. =

Your active e-mail address attached to the World Wide Web computer generat=
ed winning ticket number: B7607545 4139 with reference number EAAL/JA2C110P=
7 and Serial number GO5365/3, Batch number ZA87-2PY, drew the Lucky Numbers=
: 07 26 36 38 43 Lucky Stars 06 12. This subsequently won you the lottery i=
n the 1st category i.e. matches 6 lucky numbers as jackpot prize. therefore=
been allocated to claim a total sum of $2.5mmillion united state only.
For security reasons we advise winners to keep winning information confide=
ntial until they receive their winning,this is part of our protective secur=
ity measures to avoid claiming of your winning by third party with fake ide=
You can click on the link below for more details about our current and pas=
t winner
For more details about your winning prize contact the agent Mr. Mike Johnso=
n for immediate processing of your winning by filling in the information be=
Full Name :
Home Address :
Gender :
Occupation :
Age :
Phone Number :
Email :
Mr. Mike Johnson
Foreign Service Manager
E-mail: Congratulations
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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