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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: Euro Million Lottery Jackpot <>
Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2022 12:22:57 -0700
Subject: =?UTF-8?Q?EUROMILLIONS_LOTTERY_JACKPOT_WINNER_=C2=A31=2C000=2C000=2E00=21=21?=

Watford, Head Office and Regional Centre Euro Millions,
Tolpits Lane, Watford, Herts, WD18 9RN
REF NO: EML/ 56-TF-8890776
Lottery Ticket Number: 09 12 15 40 47 01 11
Winning number: 67 77 90 45 50 44 33
BATCH: 109/91300/EML

Congratulation Winner,

You have won yourself Euro Million lottery of £1,000,000.00 Great
British Pounds sterling. You are advised to keep your winning numbers
secret to avoid unscrupulous elements from taking advantage of the
situation. The EUROMILLIONS MEGA JACKPOT LOTTO grant award is a yearly
program, which is a measure of universal development strategy. was
conceived with the objective of human growth, educational and
scientific research, with a mind also for Community development. You
are indeed lucky to have won this lottery. Your email address is
amongst those chosen this quarter from our new Java-based software
that randomly selects email addresses from the web from which winners
are selected.

Furthermore, payment of your lottery winnings will be transfer to your
account by our affiliate Bank. Once again, congratulations.

Contact Claims Agent: Mr. Rogers Williams
Telephone Number:+442046547896

Yours Faithfully

Mrs. Lisa Cliford(Lottery Grant executive)

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