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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.Susan Hart" <>
Date: Mon, 05 Sep 2005 22:12:25 +0000

The Lottery Department
Lotto24 ApS
Haandvaerkervej 8,1
DK-9000 Aalborg
CVR-nr. 25554493


This is to inform you that have been selected for a cash prize of
£2,600,000.00 (Two Million, Six Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds)
International programs held on the 31th of August 2005 in the London Uk.

The selection process was carried out through random selection in our
computerized email selection system(ess) from a database of over 250,000
email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world.

This Lotto24 is approved by the British Gaming Board and also Licensed by
the The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR). This
promotional lottery is the tenth of its kind and we intend to sensitize the

To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact your claims
officer through our accredited Prize Transfer agents as stated below:
Mr. John Wood,
Haandvaerkervej 8,1
DK-9000 Aalborg
United Kingdom
Phone Number:+447031946398
Time to call(10am to 5pm london time)

contact him, please provide him with your secret pin code x7pwyz2005 and
your reference number BWBI:2551256003/23.You are also advised to provide
him with the under listed information as soon as possible:

Claims Requirements:
1.Name in full--------------------------------------------------------------
7.Present Country-----------------------------------------------------------

If you do not contact your claims agent within 7 working days of this
notification,your winnings would be revoked. Winners are advised to keep
their winning details/information from the public to avoid fraudulent claim
(IMPORTANT)pending the transfer/claim by Winner.

Accept my hearty congratulations once again!


Mrs Susan Hart
Lottery Manager

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