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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, 12 Feb 2005 16:33:49 +0100


BATCH: 15/051/IP/ES

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the of the Eurorocan International
Lottery programs held on the 12 th of February 2005. Your e-mailaddress attached
to ticket number 241918906-076 with game
Number 54568 drew lucky numbers 16,18,29,33,37,42 which consequently won.You
have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 150,000.00 Euro.(One
Hundred and Fifty Thousand) CONGRATULATIONS!!

All participants were selected through a computer
ballot system drawn from over 100.000.00 company and individual email addresses and names from
Middel East, Asia, Africa, Canada, Europe North and
south America, Oceania and around the world. To file
for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent;

Mr.Frank Dorek

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that
you keep your Winning information confidential until
your claims have been processed. This is part of our
security protocol to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by some participant.

Please, note that you will be required to pay for the
issuance of your winning certificate. Be notify also
that all winnings must be claimed not later than 27th
Feb 2005. After this date all unclaimed winnings
will be null and void. In order to avoid unnecessary
delays and complications remember to quote your
reference number and batch numbers in all
correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any
change of address do inform our agents as soon as

Congratulations once more and thank you for being part
of our promotional program.

Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically

Sincerely yours,

Winning Co-ordinator


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