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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:

From: goodday <henrylyvoll_04@velocall.com> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 11:37:50 -0500
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS



UNIVERSAL TRUST WORLDWIDE LOTTERY.
138 EDWARD STREET, 4TH FLOOR
BARINOR BUILDING
johannesburg, south africa.
Ref: UT/941OY2/02
Batch: 12/25/DC34
22/10/2004

WINNING NOTIFICATION:

We happily announce to you the draw of the Euro - Afro AsianSweepstakeInternational programs held on the 10th of october 2004
in cairo Egypt.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545-288 with Serial number 5388/02 drew the lucky numbers:
31-6-26-13-35-7, which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$2,500,00000 (Two million, five hundred Thousand,United States Dollars) in cash
credited to file PC/9080118308/02. This is from a total cash prize of US $25Million dollars,
shared amongst the first Fifty (50) lucky winners in this category.Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our
Europeanbooklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your playcoupon.
Inview of this, your US$2,500,000.00 (Two million, five hundred thousand,UnitedStates Dollars) would be released to you by our
security firm in Europe.
OurEuropean agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. All
participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw system and extracted fromover 100,000 companies.
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.
To file for your
claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:

Officer Henry Lyvoll.
Email: henrylyvoll_04@velocall.com

To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your
reference/batch numbers in any
correspondences withus or our designated agent. Congratulations once
more from all membersand
staffs of this program.
Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery
program.

Sincerely,
SIR H.J.PONFA
UNIVERSAL TRUST WORLDWIDE LOTTERY Coordinator.


EMAIL: henrylyvoll_04@velocall.com





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