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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Euro Millions" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2022 02:04:35 -0800
Subject: Congratulation: You're a winner!
This is a follow up to the letter mailed to your address announcing the 1,482nd EuroMillions draw that took place on Friday 3rd December 2021 at 21:00 CET (20:00 GMT) where you are announced winner.
Your email address coded to lucky numbers 21-22-29-32-46 with star number 9 & 10, millionaire maker code TDLJ 97056 has been awarded the sum of £2,964,371GB pounds.
We had an officially letter mailed to your address but got no response. Please confirm upon receipt by contacting Peter Jones for more details.
Visit the link https://www.euro-millions.com/results/03-12-2021 to view your winning details as published on the Euro-Millions site.
EuroMillions prizes must be claimed within 90 days of the draw date, so this draw are valid until Thursday 3rd March 2022. This is a confidential mail sent to ONLY beneficiaries of this promotion.
If you have any questions, please contact our customer support.