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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: "Eric D. Burns" <>
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2022 11:50:58 -0800
Subject: Lottery Winning Notification!!

The Team of Mega Million is Pleased to officially announce you as the Third
place prize winner of the Ten Million ($10,500.000.00) prize draw sponsored
by Publishing Clearing House.

The total amount to be claimed for Fourth place is Five Hundred Thousand
Dollars ($500,000.00). Congratulations! Mega Millions will make all
necessary arrangements in order for you to receive your prize Please
contact your Claims Agent or representative immediately to avoid delays as
you can contact him via e-mail and telephone listed below.

Your Claims Agent is: George Morgan (+61 488 851 967): WhatsApp +
614-888-97382, Email: (

Your Security Code is: H548PC62 As required by US Federal and State laws,
your Security code and Prize information must be kept strictly confidential
which means that you are precluded from discussing your win with 3th
parties such as (family members, friends and relatives). This is to prevent
unlawful tampering and a means to reduce risks of fraud and scams from
taking place.

As soon as we verify your identity and Security Code number from you, we
will immediately release your total sum through wire transfer into your
nominated bank account or as you wish us to remit your fund to you.

Congratulations Once again!!!!

Eric D. Burns
Chief Financial Officer

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