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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: "global lottery international" <global_lottery2005@yahoo.com> (may be fake)
Reply-To: dr_fatimaziz@forpresident.com
Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2005 14:28:57 +0400
Subject: global lottery international

GLOBAL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL 72657, NL-2115 DB EMIRATE, THE NETHERLANDS INCONJUCTION WITH GLOBAL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL Dutch & UAE,EMIRATE FLY EMIRATE. From: The Promotions Manager International Global/ Emirate Club /Prize Award Department. REF: DATE: 25th february 2005.
ATTN:
CONGRATULATIONS.
25TH february 2005 DRAW RESULTS/ WINNING NOTICE. Congratulations! We announce with pleasure that you have emerged as one of the two winners of the Global Lottery ballot draws held on 25TH february 2005. Be informed that you are among 15,000 individuals/private companies selected by our computer ballot system and have scaled through all three draws of the Global Lottery.In line with all Netherlands & Emirate Club Lottery Regulations, the Global NL has just concluded its annual draws for the year 2005.
By our procedures, you were allocated to GL lottery ticket number 76-1102-103. Ballot 1 and ballot 2 numbers are 1102/545 and 1102/73 respectively, with serial number AA5/120920 participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 30,000 names from Australia, New Zealand, America, Asia,Africa, Europe,USA and North America as part of our International Promotions Program with midle east, which is conducted annually. From the results of the final draws, you have emerged as a Prime winner in the "A" category
and therefore entitled to a winning payout amount of(US$8,000,000.00) eight million dolars for allocated to the two "A" category winners.
Your prize money has been insured and credited in your name to file Ref. No. 17716 . You are therefore to contact our acredited agents to immediately claim your prize/ find contact
information below:
PREMIUM TRUST AGENCY
ACCREDITED LICENSED AGENT TO GLOBAL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL)
DR FATIMA
ACCREDITED LICENSED AGENT
TELE/00971 50 5076857
EMAIL;dr_fatimaziz@forpresident.com
Remember, you must contact your claims officer / our accredited Licensed Agent immediately, or before 10 march 2005 to avoid funds being returned as unclaimed. All correspondences to DR.FATIMA AZIZ, either by fax or email, should have this email sent along with it and also, your email address to which this email is sent should be clearly and boldly written in your response. You should also include yourreference number. Also, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims officer as soon as possible.
Be advised that Global regulations prohibit you from publicly disclosing your win until you have received your prize money. This is for security reasons and to avoid cases of multiple claims processing. The Lotto NL/midle east region holds exclusive right to terminate your claims processing upon any breach of this condition. Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our international lotto program. It is our hope that with a part of your prize, you will participate in our 2006 lotto programs. International lotto/midle east region Emiretes.
Sincerely,
THE DIRECTOR PROMOTIONS GLOBAL International.N.B: Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result in disqualification. Please contact the finance director to claim your prize immediately.
THANKS
MR TARIQ ABDALLA
CO-DINATOR FOR MIDLE EAST REGION.


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