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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: lotwinnings7@handbag.com
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 17:59:22 +0100
Subject: Final Winning Notification!!!


2289 DG RIJSWIJK, DEN HAAG
THE NETHERLANDS.

(Customer Services)
Ref: 74NL/505/-00885DE
Batch: DE 808NL
Zonal Draw No: DE-A2-004-885
Grand Draw No: 13158

FINAL WINNING NOTIFICATION:

Dear Lucky Winner,
RE: BONUS LOTTERY PROMOTION PRIZE AWARDS WINNING NOTIFICATION

We are pleased to notify you the draw (#13158) of the DELOTTOBV
International Lottery Program held on May 14,2005.Participants were selected
through a randomly selected 15,000 participants from an initial database
of 5,000,000 e-mails. All participants were selected through a computer ballot
system from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Canada, Europe, USA and north
America as part our International Promotions Program, which was conducted
in view of launching ourselves into the Sweepstakes Industry Worldwide and
zoning all participants by their respective continents from across the globe,We
produced an extensive list from which you have emerged as one of the winners
of the Grand Draw prize. To ensure a smooth collection of your winnings,the
transfer of your prize is to be handled by our Prize Transfer agents.

You are to contact our agents by e-mail within a week of receiving this notice.

Be adviced to 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.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of (US$1,500,000.00)One
Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars only in cash credited to file number
74NL/505/-00885DE.This is from a total cash prize of US$7,500,000:00 shared
amongst the five (5) lucky winners in this category i.e. Match 5 plus bonus.
Your prize award has been insured in your favor and is ready for claims.To
begin your claims therefore, you are advised to expeditiously contact our
licensed and accredited claim agent for Overseas Lottery Winners within a
period of 7 working days (date of this e-mail inclusive) for the processing
of your winnings and remittance to your designated bank account after all
statutory obligations have been satisfactorily dispensed with. Please be
informed that claims not processed within the stipulated period may be forfeited
to the pool without further notice. Your claim agent will immediately commence
the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact
him/her. You may wish to establish contact via e-mail with the particulars
presented below.

OVERSEAS CLAIMS UNIT
(INVESTECBV)
Contact Person: Mr PETER MCDONALDS.
Email: delotto@myway.com

Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality, and press
anonymity until the end of proceedings, and beyond where they so desire.Be
further advised to maintain the strictest level of confidentiality until
the end of proceedings to circumvent problems associated with fraudulent
claims. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming
and unwarranted abuse of this program.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Truly Yours,

MALCOLM SCOTT.
Lottery Co-Coordinator,
TEL/FAX: +31 84 744 4425.
Important Notice: N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners
will result to disqualification. Contact your claim agent as instructed above.







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