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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2004 10:58:44 +0100

National Lottery Promo
Paseo Maritimo, 1, ParqueDoña
Sofia, Blq. 5, Local 4A 29640Fuengirola,
Málaga, Spain
1st Floor, Block E
Crownwood Office Park
100 Northern Parkway
ORMONDE,Johannesburg,South Africa
Ref: nAS/941OYI/04

We happily announce to you the draw of the National
Lottery Promo International programs held on the
1st of August 2004 in Johannesburg,
South Africa.
Your email address attached to ticket number
:77770054689 with serial number :7345/04 drew the
lucky numbers 12-8-9-11-12-5, which subsequently
won you the lottery in the second category.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total
sum of US$2,000,000.00 (Two Million,United States Dollars) in cash
credited to file npl/233376899/04.
This is from a total cash prize of US$ 60 Million
Dollars,shared amongst the first thirty (30) lucky
winners in this category.

In view of this,your US$ 2,000,000.00 (TWO Million,
United States Dollars ) would
be released to you by our security firm in
Europe.Our European agent will immediately commence
the process to facilitate the release of your funds
as soon as you contact her.
All participants were selected randomly from World
wide Website through computer ballot system
extracted from over 100,000 companies and
individuals.This promotion takes place annually.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your
winning information confidential till your claims is
processed and your money 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 unwarranted abuse of this program by
some unscrupulous elements. Please bewarned.
To file your claims, please contact our agent:
Mrs sheila patterson
Pime Trust Inc.

To avoid unnecessary delay and complications, Please
quote your reference/batch numbers in any
correspondences with us or our designated agent.
Congratulations once more from all members and
staffs of this program!!!
Mr Brian Adams,
Public Relations Officer
National Lottery Promo

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