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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: "Mr. X" <>
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2019 02:06:50 +0800

Office Address: 61-70 Southampton Row,
Bloomsbury London United Kingdom WC1B 4AR.

We are happy to inform you via email that your email address emerged
winner in the EUROMILLIONS Lottery Electronic mail jackpot during
National Lottery annual global random draw winning that took place in
Atlanta USA, Your active e-mail address attached to our computer data
base during the annual random draw generated winning
ticket number : 56475600545188 as winner of $4..5 million United
State Dollar in the EURO MILLIONS Lottery second category proportion

For security reasons we advise winners to keep winning information
confidential until they receive their winning, this is part of our
protective security measures to avoid claiming of your winning by
third party with fake identity. Click on the link below for more prove
about recent and past winners

For more details about your winning prize contact the agent Mr.
................... for immediate processing of your winning by
filling in the information below

Full Name :
Home Address :
Gender :
Occupation :
Age :
Phone Number :
Email :

Mr Robert Smith
Foreign Service Manager
E-mail: .......................

Online Co-coordinator
Teresa Marie Roberts
Disclaimer- The information in this email is confidential and may be
legally privileged. It is intended solely for the address and others
authorized to 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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