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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:

Date: Sat, 09 Jul 2022 18:13:41 +0000
Subject: REF/EU/9470X12/2022/CWS

Dear Award Recipient,

We officially Announce your email won a consolation cash prize of (£3,000,000.00) Three Million Great British Pounds Sterling's ($4,268,100.00) From The NEW European Union (EU) EURO MILLION Sweepstakes Program.

Our Organization is Aware lotteries Programs have been severely Abused on the internet to the extent it is very difficult for Genuine winners to identify what is Real from What is Fake, The new European Union (EU) EURO MILLION sweepstakes Program is permitted by law and dully conform with the Standard Anti-Fraud policy existing between EURO MILLION and the European union Government common institutions.

We request you fill out the requested data and also email it back to us for processing; Contact Ms. Asher Allison with Your Details Name: Occupation: Phone Number: Mailing Address: Sex: Age: Country: Contact Email:

Congratulations and best wishes on your winnings!.

Ms. Asher Allison.
Information Officer

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