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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: "flash fortune" <flashlottery@hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 02 Apr 2005 12:48:49 +0200
Subject: INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT

FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT

Dear Sir/Madam,

WINNING NOTIFICATION

we are pleased to inform you of the announcement today, 02nd/ 04/2005, of
winners of the Metro Lottery South Africa/International Program, held on
30TH/ 03/ 2005 as part of our promotional draws. Participants were selected
through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of
individuals and companies from Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Canada,
Europe, Middle East, and New Zealand as part of our electronic business
Promotions Program. You qualified for the draw as a result of you visiting
various websites we are running the e-business promotions for.

You/Your Company, attached to ticket number 100-309-7482, with serial number
513-10, your customer ticket: EE-17567-1021382-53, drew the lucky numbers
2,9,22,23,24,30, +5 and consequently won in the Second Category. You have
therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$1,950,000.00 in cash,
which is the winning payout for Second category winners. This is from the
total prize money of US$13,650,000.00 shared among the seven international
winners in the Second category.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Your fund is now deposited with the Metro Lottery Finance and Company
insured in your name. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask
that you keep this strictly from public notice until your claim has been
processed and your money remitted to your account.


This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or
unscrupulous acts by participants of this program. We hope with a part of
your prize, you will participate in our mid year (2006) high stakes US$13
million International Lottery. To begin your claim, please contact your
claim agent immediately.

Mr. Richard Baloyi
Foreign Service Manager,
Universal Building, 132 - 133 Park Hurst
Balfour - Unite 1440
Johannesburg, Gauteng 2001
South Africa
TEL: 27-73-444-3352
EMAIL: richardbaloyi_metro@yahoo.com

Website: http://k.1asphost.com/metrolottery/

For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated
account of your choice. Remember, you must contact your claim agent not
later than 28th-04- 2005. After this date, all funds will be returned as
unclaimed.

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference and batch numbers provided below in every
one of your correspondences with your claims agent. REFERENCE NUMBER:
FLS-ZR39-825P-4, BATCH NUMBER: 74-263-BBN. CUSTOMER TICKET:
EE-17567-1021382-53

Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part
of our promotions program.

Sincerely,

The Promotional Manager
Global Mega Lottery Pty Ltd
Universal Building, 132 - 133 Park Hurst
Balfour - Unite 1440
Johannesburg, Gauteng 2001

N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to
disqualification.
Please do not reply to this mailbox. Contact your claims agent through his
email contact above.


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