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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 DRAWS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:14:08 -0700
Subject: Congratulation: You're a winner!

Customer Service
UK Regional Office
Acorns Oakwood Park Business Centre
Fountains Road Bishop Thornton, Harrogate
HG3 3BF, UK.


Reference to the 1,226th Euro-Millions draw that took place on Friday 21st June 2019 at 21:00 CEST (20:00 BST) through the Euro-Millions draw system were your E-mail address emerged among lucky winners and the winning numbers drawn were:

Lucky numbers 5-8-9-29-25- Star Number 3-7
Millionaire Maker: HJNJ19252
serial number MZNS47038
Prize credited to file EURO/86169/2019

An official letter was sent to your address. Your email address has been awarded the sum of 2,150,438 GB Pounds.

Confirm receipt of this notification by contacting your claims officer Mr. Kennith William on for more details.

visit the link to view your winning details as published on the Euro-Millions site.

Euro-Millions prizes must be claimed within 90 days of the draw date. This is a confidential mail sent to ONLY winners of this draws.

If you have any questions, please contact our customer support.

Kind regards,
Peter Jones
Customer Support

The content of this email is confidential and intended only for the recipient(s) to which it has been addressed. It is for the exclusive use
of the intended recipient(s). If you are not the intended recipient(s),please note that any form of distribution, copying or use of this
communication, or the information within, is strictly prohibited and maybe unlawful. Equally, you must not disclose all, or part, of its contents to any other person. If you have received this communication in error,please delete it from your system.

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