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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: "Mrs.Tina Forrester" <camelotpromos4@msn.com>
Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2005 17:24:42 +0000
Subject: NOTICE: FILL AND RETURN CLAIMS FORM

406 Bury New Rd.,
Whitefield,
Manchester M45 7SX
U.K.

Lucky Winner,

We are pleased to inform you that you are one of the selected winners
of the Camelot Lottery Promos held on 31th of August 2005. Your email
address attached to your ticket number 9901-0148-790-691, with serial
number 6109-17 drew the lucky numbers 990-11-815-37-10-83; the lottery
was categorized into four zonal (Africa, America, Europe and Asia)
stages. Consequently you have won the lottery in the 2nd category. You have
therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of[Three Hundred
Thousand]US dollars Credited to fileREF NO: MELI-T/17-F044262312
Batch No. 13/FFP/LDL/037.

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn
from 25,000 names from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Canada, Europe,
USA and North America. All participants in this Lottery Program have
been selected randomly through a computer Ballot System drawn from over
200,000 Companies and 30,000,000 individual emails address from all
search engines and web sites. This promotional program will take place
every year until the games begin in Beijing China in 2008. However,
winners are only eligible for claims once.

Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this
award strictly 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 this program.

ELIGIBILITY:
This promotion is offered only electronically via the Internet and is
open to all persons from age 18 years and above with a valid email
address and who live in any of the aforementioned
countries. This promotion is void in all other countries and is also
void where prohibited.

Principals and employees of the Camelot Lottery Promos and its
respective Parents, subsidiaries and their immediate families are not
eligible.

CLAIMS PROCEDURES:
It is our standard practice to allocate accredited agents for the
processing of claims application. It is even more imperative for
overseas winners. To begin your claims therefore, you are advised as a
matter of urgency, to contact the under listed licensed and accredited
claims agent for the processing of your prize awards winning. Please
contact the clearing house (through your claims agent only) the body
assigned
with the verification of all emergent winner. Therefore all protocols
laid down by them must be followed to facilitate your claims;

CONTACT AGENCY:

DUNCAN RICHARDS AND ASSOCIATE LTD U.K,

MR. DUNCAN RICHARDS
Email:camelotclaimsoffice2005@uk2.net
20 Lausanne Road London,
SW2 3JB ENGLAND.U.K


You are to provide the claim agent with the under listed information as
soon as possible:

1. NAME IN FULL:................................

2. ADDRESS:.....................................

3. NATIONALITY:.................................

4. AGE:.........................................

5. Sex..........................................

6. OCCUPATION:..................................

7. PHONE.......................................

8. FAX:........................................


IMPORTANT NOTICE:

(a) Note that there exists a periodic condition on all claims process,
failing which would lead to disqualification and winnings Forfeiture.
Winners are therefore advised to expedite their claims process.

(b) Being one of the lucky winners, you constitute entrant's full and
unconditional agreement to and acceptance of our terms and conditions
of claims to avoid any discrepancy in the cause of payment of your
prize awards winning.

(c) To avoid double claims, you are advised to keep your winning
details very confidential, as any discrepancies resulting from a breach
of this confidentiality on the part of the winners will be covered
solely by
such winner as our staffs are bound by the oath of secrecy taken on
employment.

Congratulations again from all our staffs and thank you for being part
of our Promotions program.

Sincerely,

Tina Forrester.

Co-coordinator.
NB: PLEASE SEE THAT YOU QUOTE YOUR REF AND BATCH NUMBERS IN YOUR
CORRESPONDENCE TO YOUR CLAIMS AGENT.

===========================================================
The Camelot Lottery Promos Awards is proudly sponsored by the Microsoft
Corporation, the Intel Group, Toshiba, Dell computers, Mckintosh and a
conglomeration of other international IT companies. The Camelot LOTTERY
internet draw in each quater of the year and is so organized to
encourage the use of the internet and computers worldwide. We are proud
to say that up to three Million Euros are won annually in more than 150
Countries worldwide.


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