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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:

Date: Sat, 9 Oct 2021 11:02:25 +0200


* Customer Service Centre Ref: CAD/20015746305872/01 Batch: 129/34/3477
Dear Lucky Winner:*

*We happily announce to you the draw of the CANADA LOTTERY International
programs held on FRIDAY, 08 Oct 2021. Your email address attached to ticket
number: 701 20210054533 with Serial number 2468/21 drew the lucky
numbers: 5-16-19-21-23-31-36-46 which subsequently won you the lottery in
the 2nd category. To confirm your numbers click:*


* You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of (Nine Million
Three Hundred Thousand Dollars) in cash credited to file
CAD/9023118308/21.This is from a total cash prize of $260 million Dollars
jackpot, shared amongst the first Lucky-Winners in this category. All
participants were selected randomly from the World Wide Web site through a
computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies. This
promotion takes place annually, and as a relief package for COVID-19
affected victims. Kindly note that your lucky winning numbers falls within
our EU booklet representative office as indicated. In view of this, your
$9,300,000.00 (Nine Million Three Hundred Thousand Dollars only) will be
released to you by our paying bank. Our EU agent will immediately commence
the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact
him. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information
confidential until your claim is processed and your money remitted to you
in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your approved awarded prize. This
is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be
warned. To file for your claim, contact our fiduciary agent with your full
names, mobile number and physical address and cc us:*

*Contact person: Evans Cooper.*

*Email: ** <>*

*Do quote your winning/reference/batch numbers in any correspondence with
us or our designated agent.*

* Congratulations from all members and staff of this program. Sincerely, Ms
Mia Tremblay Canada Lottery Co-ordinator *


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