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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: "FIFA WORLD CUP PRIZE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2022 19:36:23 +0100
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOU HAVE WON $2,500,000.00 USD..

FIFA Council and Bureau of the Council
2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar/ Prize Award


You have been awarded the sum of $2,500,000.00 USD in The 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ FIFA World Cup Preparations Automatic Software email lottery in which e-mail addresses are picked randomly by Automatic Software powered by EURO MILLION LOTTERY and the FIFA FINANCE CORPORATION BOARD COMMISSION INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROGRAM, held on the 25TH AUGUST,2022 through the worldwide website, your email address was among those Chosen this year for the FIFA WORLD CUP 2022 LOTTERY BOARD COMMISSION. And this promotional program is proudly sponsored by the FIFA organization.

Your email address is attached to Ref N0: QA/FA/034/20/22 with Serial-101,and consequently won the lottery in the "D" Category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of $2,500,000.00 USD. Number 89-12 drew the lucky Numbers 18, 22, 28, 37.-4-7 drew the lucky Numbers. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Europe Booklet representative. In View of this, your winning prize will be released to you by our fiduciary agent.

Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your winning funds as soon as you Contact them. This promotion takes place annually. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning details confidential till your claims are processed and your Winning funds remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to Claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranting the abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements.

All prize money must be claimed not later than 30 days. Any claim, not made before this date will be returned to the FIFA Council and Bureau of the Council as unclaimed fund

To begin your FIFA Lottery Claims, please contact your Agent, Mr Sanchos Cozumel,
the foreign service manager, FIFA Security and Integrity Committee.

Name: Mr Sanchos Cozumel

(Reply back with your details ) for the processing and remittance of your prize

Provide him with the information as stated below:

(1) Name:
(2) Address:
(3) Marital:
(4) Age:
(5) Sex:
(6) Nationality:
(7) Country of Residence:
(8) Occupation:
(9) Mobile Phone Number:
(10)Fax Number:
(11)Value ID Card

These details facilitate the due process and the release of your winnings to avoid Unnecessary delays and complications in the processing of your Winnings fund.

Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this program.

Dr. Michel Baron D'Hooghe

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