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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: "linda peter" <lindaqueenpeter@hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2005 02:28:40 +0100
Subject: Second Category Draws

FROM
MR HENRY COLE,
THE COORDINATOR, ROYAL GAMES UK,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS / PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
ROYAL GAMES UK,

Dear winner,

Second category draw:
Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice, the
results of the second category draws of royal games
UK.We are happy to inform you that you have emerged
winners Under the second category draw, this is part of our promotional
draws. The draws were held on 31st August, 2005 and results are being
officially announced today.

Participants were selected through a computer ballot
system drawn from 30,000 names/email addresses of
individuals and companies from Africa, America, Asia, Australia,Europe,
Middle East, and Oceania as part of our international promotions program.

You/your Company, attached to ticket number 66-1-452,
with serial number 52-27 drew the winning
numbers 10,18,25,30,34,50,(60) and consequently won in
the second category draws.

You have therefore been awarded a lump sum payout of
£3,500,000:00M GBP (three million, five hundred
thousand Pounds), which is the winning payout for second
category winners. This is from the total prize money
of £21,000,000:00 shared between six (6) winners in
the category B.

Congratulations!!!

Your fund has been deposited with our International
funds transfer agent Trans world security UK and has been insured.In your
best interest and also to avoid mix up of numbers and names of any kind, we
request that you keep the entire details of Your award strictly from public
notice until the Process of transferring your claims has been completed, and
your funds remitted to your account.This is part of our security protocol to
avoid double claims or unscrupulous acts by participants/ non-participants
of this program.

We also wish to bring to your notice our end of-year
2005 premium stakes draw where you stand a chance,winning up to £50 m that
will be shared amongst 10 winners worldwide, we hope that with a part of
your prize you will participate.

You are to contact your claims agent immediately for
due processing and remittance of your prize money to a
designated bank account of your choice;

REV JOHN FOSTER
FOREIGN DEPARTMENT MANAGER
TRANS WORLD SECURITY UK
186 EAST MALL
STRATFORD SHOPPING CENTRE
STRATFORD, GREATER LONDON. UK.
Fax: +44-870-130-4014
FAX: +44-703-040-1175
Tel: +44-704-011-9106
Tel: +44-704-012-4716
E-mail: rev_john_foster@hotmail.co.uk

You are advised to contact your claims agent by email
or fax within a week of receiving this notice.
Failure to do so may warrant your winnings being
returned back As unclaimed prize.

Note:

For easy reference and identification, find below your
reference and batch numbers. Remember to Quote these numbers in every one of
your correspondence with your claims agent.

REFERENCE NUMBER: RGUK /05/QE321,
INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY CODE NUMBER: RG/ 004-1

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

Sincerely,

FROM MR HENRY COLE,
THE COORDINATOR, ROYAL GAMES UK,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS / PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
ROYAL GAMES UK.
TEL: + 44-704-012-4715
FAX: + 44-207-504-3594
FAX: + 44-871-720-0517

Note:
Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the
Winners will result to disqualification. Please do not
Reply to this mail. Contact your claims agent
immediately. (Terms and condition applies).


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