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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: LUCKYDAYDRAWS@terra.com.mx
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 11:11:09 -0700
Subject: THIS EMAIL ADDRESS DREW THE WINNING NUMBERS

THIS EMAIL ADDRESS DREW THE WINNING NUMBERS


FROM THE OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
LUCKYDAY E-MAIL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL

PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
www.luckyday.nl
BATCH NO: PTP/31211214257/190888/2202
REF. NO. PTP/21449267220/255100//2202

WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL

NOTICE........CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
This is to inform you of the release of the E-MAIL
LOTTERY BALLOT INTERNATIONAL/ WORLD GAMING BOARD held on the 24TH of January,
2005.
Due to the mix up of numbers, the results were released on the 1st of
Febuary 2005. Your
name attached to ticket number 219028657434 with serial
number 918735625 drew the lucky numbers of 21-70-81-82-99
which consequently won the lottery in the 1st category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout
of 1,000,000 Euro Only ( ONE MILLION EUROS ONLY) in cash
which is deposited with a Finance & Security Company
in your favour as beneficiary and covered with HIGH INSURANCE
POLICY.
Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that
you keep your winning information confidential until your
claims has been processed and your money remitted to you. This is
part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.
All participants were selected through a computer
ballot system drawn from only Microsoft users from over 20,000.00
companies and 3,000,000 individual email addresses and names
from all over the world.
To begin your lottery claim, please contact our agent
below that has been appointed for the processing of your claim
with your contact telephone and fax number to begin the
processing of your claim:

CONTACT NAME: ANDREW GORDON FURNESS
CITY/ COUNTRY: UNITED KINGDOM SUBSIDIARY UNIT
TEL: +447040113367
FAX: 448701221937
EMAIL: claimofficer@web-mail.com.ar

Note that all winning must be claimed not later than
25th of April 2005. After this date, all unclaimed funds will be
included in the next stake.
Please note, 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 agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations, once more, from our members of staff
and thank you for being part of our promotional program.

Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically
disqualified.



Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Ann Van Douf


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