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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: foxlarry@handbag.com
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2005 10:59:49 +0200
Subject: AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION

FROM ONWARD LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
INTERNET ;victoredward@netscape.net OR
victoredward@mmail.com
Ref. Nnumbe: ZK1/456/451-02
Batch Number: QVF/890-1529-Bc25

Sir/Madam

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners International
programs held on the 29TH of JUNE, 2005. Your e-mail address attached to
ticket number 001-228-600-960-013 with serial number 0013-0194 drew lucky
numbers 0-29-01-00-11-27 which consequently won in the 2nd category, you
have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 500,000,00 (FIVE
HUNDRED THOUSAND EUROS)

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning
information confidential until your claims has been processed and your winning
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
over 20,000 company and 30,000,000 individual email addresses and names from
all over the world.
This promotional program takes place every three year. This lottery was promoted
and sponsored by eminent personalities like The Queen, Mr Bill Gates and
the Sultan of Brunei, we hope with part of your winning you will take part
in our next year USD50 million international lottery.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiducial agent MR VICTOR EDWARD
AND ASSOCIATES AMSTERDAM THE NETHERLAND. TELEPHONE :+0031-617-578-882. HOLLAND.
Reply Email: victoredward@netscape.net, OR victoredward@mmail.com

Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 20th of JULY, 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.

Sincerely yours,

MRS KATE COKA,




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