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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: "vincet white" <>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 20:46:01 +0200

From : Mr Vincet white
lotto manager South African
2010. South African 2010 World cup Bid lottery Award
Lottery Headquarters: 31, Brixon
Court Carlton East Gate
Batch: ( 13/26/DC36.)


We happily announce to you the draw of South African 2010 World cup Bid
lottery Award International programs held in Zurich, Switzerland. Your
e-mail address attached to ticket number: ( B9665 75604546 199 ) with !
Serial number ( 97560 ) drew the winning: ( 60/84/27/17/36), which
subsequently on you the lottery award in the 2nd category. Your name have
therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$( 2,000.000 ) ( Two
million United States Dollars) in cash credited to file ( KPC/9030108308/03

This is from a total cash prize of US $( 200,000,000.00 ) Million dollars,
shared among the first 200 Hundred and lucky winners in this ctegory
world-wide. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our
lottery booklet representative office in South Africa as indicate in the
play coupon.
In view of this, your US( $2,000.000 ) ( Two Million United States Dollars )
would be released to you by our bank manager immediately he commence the
process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him.
Also your claim included with free flight ticket and one month hotel
reservation in one of the five star hotel. All participants were selected
randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw system and extracted
from over ( 100,000,00 )
companies and individual emails address.

The lottery programe took place to promote south africa ( 2010 world cup
award,) For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning
information confidential till your claims are processed and your money
remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This
is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements.
( Please be warned. )

To file for your claim, please contact the (zonal co-ordinator) immediately,
you read this message for quick and urgent release of your fund , his
conatct information is as.!!!

Name: johnson paya
Direct Line : (+27-83-485-6097}
E-mail :

Please be informed that all winning must be claimed on or before 30 july
2005. To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your
reference batch numbers in any correspondences with us or our designated
agent. Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this
program that has succesfully won this competition. Thank you for being part
of this promotional lottery program.

President Nelson Mandela ( chairman.)
Molefi OLIPHANT ( President )
Chief Operations Officer
Chief Executive Officer
N.B/Call our bank manager for your cliam, do not miss
this oppotunity .
Thank you for your co-operation
Vincet white ( Zonal Co-ordinator.)

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