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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:

Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2005 20:04:19 -0700
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Ref: NAS/941OYI/04


We happily announce to you the draw of the National
Lottery Promo International program, held on the 3rd
MAY 2005 in Dublin Ireland. Your email address was
attached to ticket number:77770064638 with
serial number: 67345/04 drew the lucky numbers
12-8-9-11-12-5, which subsequently won you the lottery
in the second category.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum
of 2,000,000.00 Euros (Two million, euros) in cash
credited to file pl/233376899/04.
This is from a total cash prize of 60 Million Euros,
shared among the first thirty (30) lucky winners in
this category. In view of this,your money would be
released to you by our Bank firm in Europe .
Our European agent (Reality Agency) will immediately
commence the process to facilitate the release of your
funds as soon as they are contacted.

All participants were selected randomly from World
wide Website through computer ballot system extracted
from over 100,000 companies and individuals.

This promotion takes place annually. For security
reasons, you are advised to keep your winning
information confidential till your claims is 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 claimming
and unwarranted abuse of this program by some
unscrupulous elements. Please bewarned.

To file your claims, please contact our agent:
Agent: The Reality Agency Name: Mr.Patterson Brown or

To avoid unnecessary delay and complications, Please
quote your ef/batch numbers in any correspondences
with us orour designated agent.

Congratulations once more from all members and staffs
of this program.

Yours sincerely,
Miss Judith Cole.
Public Relations Officer
National Lottery Promo.


1.All claims are nullified after 10 working days from
2.Your Ref number must be in all your mails with the
claims officer.
3.Do inform the claims officer of any change of names
or addresses.
4.All winners under the age of 18 are automatically
The National lottery promo Awards is proudly sponsored
by the Microsoft Corporation,the Intel Group, Toshiba,
Dell computers,
Mckintosh and a conglomeration of other international
IT companies.
The National lottery internet draw is held quarterly
every year and is so organized to encourage the use of
the internet and computers worldwide.We are proud to
say that over 200 Million Euros are won annually in
more than 150 countries worldwide.

We also encourage you to visit our website at and take your chance to play and become
part of our daily winners.

Millions are won on a daily basis on one of the
world's most famous The National lottery Promo.


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