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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: Dr Lambert Goodluck <>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2020 16:12:25 -0700
Subject: Dear Esteemed Winner EUROPE-LOTTERY INC

The Promotion Department
22 Garden Close, Stamford ,
Lincs , PE9 2YP ,
London United Kingdom .

Dear Email Owner,

We are pleased to notify you the "Winner" of our last Secured Mega
Jackpot Online Sweepstakes result.

This is a reward program for the patronage of internet services and
all email addresses entered for this promotional draws were randomly
selected from an internet resource database of registered software and
domain users.

We are glad to inform you that you have won a prize money of Two
Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only,and one Mac
Book Pro Laptop in our last E-lottery promotional draw.

The online E-lottery draws was conducted from an exclusive list
of25,000,000 e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies
picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the
internet. No tickets were sold.

Reference Number: EU-14/AA002351-ES
E-ticket number: EU1274/2010-12
Category: A

Amount:Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only
You may wish to establish contact with your claims agent via e-mail
with the particulars presented below:

Contact:Andrew Wolley
Tel: +447031912136
email :
Event Manager

In line with the governing rules of claim, you requested to furnish
your full contact information:

Full Name..........
Telephone Number...........
Fax Number...........
Home Address.............
Date Of Birth........
Valid ID Card...........
Office Address
Prize Amount...........
E-ticket number:............
And Reference Number;..........

The EUROPE-LOTTERY INC Promotion Award Team has discovered a huge
number of double claims due to winners informing close friends
relatives and third parties about their winnings and also sharing
their identification numbers. As a result of this, these friends try
to claim the lottery on behalf of the real winners. The EUROPE-LOTTERY
INC promotion award committee has reached a decision from the
headquarters at the United Kingdom that any double claim discovered by
the Lottery Board will result to the disqualification of the winners
lottery. So you are hereby strongly advised once more to keep your
winnings strictly confidential until you claim your prize.

Yours Truly,

Dr Lambert Goodluck

Event Manager

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