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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.Stephen Lens." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2021 16:13:57 -0800
Subject: Congratulations!.

Congratulations! Your email address has been selected for the prize of $800,000.00 (Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) as one of the lucky winners in this
year 2021 UK Online Lottery International Promotion Programme.

Winners were randomly selected email addressess from our database computerized system for using the internet both indoors and in your offices, please be informed that
your prize winning money worth $800,000.00 has been converted into an ATM MASTER CARD to be deliver to your house address for security reasons.

Your ticket No: TC-20325004, Batch No: 105/NJ/020-06 and Serial No: 011-055.

We advice you keep your winning information confidential until you have claim your ATM MASTER CARD worth $800,000.00 (Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) for
this is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claim and abuse of this programme.

For the delivery of your ATM MASTER CARD you are required to contact your assigned agent with the below information;

Contact Person: Mr.Bray Williams
Contact E-mail Address:

(1) Your Full Names:
(2) City/Country:
(3) Telephone No:
(4) House/Delivery Address:
(5) Ticket No:
(6) Batch No:
(7) Serial No:

Your's Sincerely,
Mr.Stephen Lens
(Promotion manager)

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