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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: "lucky draw" <lucky_draw1000@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 09:58:42 +0200
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS! CONGRATULATIONS! CONGRATULATIONS

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,31st/ 05/2005, of
winners of the Global Mega Lottery South Africa/International Progamme, held
on 30TH/ 11/ 2004 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 NewZealand as part of our electronic
business PromotionsProgram. 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 drew the luckynumbers 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 he Seven international winners in the Second category.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Your fund is now deposited with the Global Mega Lottery Finance and Company
insured in your name. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask
that you keep this sectrely 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 thisprogram. We hope with a part of your prize, you will
participate in our mid year (2005) high stakes US$1.3 billion International
Lottery.To begin your claim, please contact your claim agent immediately.

MR. Richard Baloyi
Foreign Service Manager,
Universal Buildiing, 132 - 133 Park Hurst
Balfour - Unite 1440
Johannesburg, Gauteng 2001
South Africa.
Tel: 27 73 227 2785.
Email: richardbaloyi2005@yahoo.co.uk

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 10th-06- 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.

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

Sincerely,

The Promotional Manager
Global Mega Lottery Pty Ltd
Universal Buildiing, 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 mail box. Contact your claims
agent through his email contact above.

_________________________________________________________________
Find a job, book a flight, search for a car - visit MSN South Africa!
http://www.msn.co.za/

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