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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: Susan Goedde <>
Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2020 04:50:34 +0000
Subject: ..

Canada Lottery Promotion

#45 Summer Street, Summerside, PE C1N, CANADA.

Ref: EAAL/851OYHI/13

Batch No. Lotto BC 49

Attention: Customer AFRSA68

Congratulations! Your email address has won you the total sum of US$1,500,000.00 in the Canadian Lotto Power ball jackpot, drawn on Saturday been 05th day of December 2020 in Ontario Canada, organized by the Canadian and South African Government. We are glad to notify you that your email address attached to Ticket ¹: BC7865 09871254773 drew the Winning ¹s: 03-04-06-48-53 Hot Ball- 10 has emerged the winner of the total sum of US$1,500,000.00 (One Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)

Please note that the lucky winning numbers falls within our Afro booklet representative office in South Africa as indicated in the electronic play coupon. All participants were selected randomly from worldwide websites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000,000.00 companies and personal email addresses. For security reason, you are advised to keep your winning information strictly confidential until you are paid.

To file your claim, please contact our corresponding claim agent immediately you read this message for urgent release of your fund. Contact information is as follows:

Representative Officers: Mr. Steve Norman (Claim Agent)

Direct Phone Number: +27832233886


Email the claim agent with the below stated information:
(1) Ticket ¹s (2) Winning ¹s (3) Full Name(s) (4) Contact Address (5) Date of Birth
(6) Occupation (7) Gender (8) Marital Status (9) Nationality (10) Phone Number:

Thank you for being part of our prestigious Lottery program.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs. Florence Malik, (Zonal Coordinator)

Tel: + 1 5614060444

*To confirm that you have the winning numbers for the 05/12/2020 draw, you may check our link:

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