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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: "Mrs, Ann" <>
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2021 06:15:14 +0200
Subject: Updated

*Saturday, November 20, 2021 Lottery Result*

Draw No. (2398)

Winning No: (05) (16) (17) (32) (51) (59)

Bonus: *(53)*

To Whom It May Concern:

*Dear Winner*

Re: The National Lottery Draw: Saturday, November 20, 2021 (*Result**)*

Be advised that your “EMAIL ADDRESS” has won from the National Lottery

Saturday Night Draws presented by Kate Edmondson, which includes

Lotto and Thunder-ball draws, 7.45pm.

How Your Email was selected:

Email addresses were pulled together from a wide range of Worldwide

Email Users and Internet Subscribers information. The Draw No: 2398

brought out your “EMAIL ADDRESS” from a Computer Data Base of

Worldwide Email Users, which was randomly selected. View your details

on our *web site*: http:/

Amount Won:

The amount won is Three Million, Six Hundred and Thirty Four Thousand,

Eight Hundred and Sixty-Five British Pounds Sterling *(£3,634,865.00)*

Note: Winners are not only United Kingdom residents.

Eligible winner should respond via return email for claim. All

correspondence should be directed to our broker agent in South Africa

on +*27 604520568* email:

*Yours faithfully*

*Mrs. Botha Xola*

*TEL: +44 7700 304 635.*

*Tel:**: +44 7700 308 643*

* Fax + 44 703 1741 702 *

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