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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: Admin <>
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2021 09:47:21 +0000
Subject: Re: Hello


We are pleased to announce the launch of the EURO MILLIONS Lottery. The draw took place on 05/10/2021. Your email has become a winner in our drawing and contains the following data: TICKET NUMBER 1212,REFERENCE: SLN95006, Your Victory Number: 11 13 14 36 45 07.You won in the 2nd category and the amount won is 1,033,822.98 euros.


Your rewards fund will be ready to pay for the company's order BOARD lottery, after verification and validation. To avoid scams one-mail addresses, please keep the information about the winning confidential,refraining from publicity while your winning data does not have been processed and the money credited to your account since it is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or using participants of this program as intended it's a place in the past. Your e-mail address has been selected automatically by computerized automatic selection system. All participants was selected using a computerized voting system encompassing 1,000,000 e-mail addresses from system searches computer.

To claim the award, contact your case agent Sanita Iscla by Liberty Seguros. Your personal details to submit a successful winning number and reference number send to e-mail:

S. Manuel Garcia Rivas
Administration Director
Euromillones lottery

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