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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: "Information Department" <>
Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2005 09:20:07 +0000

Ref: CBASL/251OYI/05
Batch: 16/25/0025


We happily announce to you the draw of the SKY BLUE Lottery International
programs held on the 2nd of September 2005 in London. Your e-mail address
attached to ticket number: 564 75600545 188 with Serial number 5388/02 drew
the lucky numbers: 31-6-26-13-35-7, which subsequently won you the lottery
in the 2nd category. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum
ofUS$500,000.00 (Five hundred thousand, United States Dollars) in cash
credited to file C/9080118308/02.This is from a total cash prize of US $125
Million dollars, shared amongst the first Fifty (50) lucky winners in this

This year Lottery Program Jackpot is the largest ever for Europian Lottery.
The estimated $125 million jackpot would be the sixth-biggest in the
Europian history. The biggest was the $363 million jackpot that went to two
winners in a May 2000 drawing of The big game, mega millions predecessor.

Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet
representative office in Europe as indicated in our play coupon. In view of
this, your US$500,000.00 (Five hundred thousand,United States Dollars) would
be released to you by our affiliate bank in Holland

Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of
your funds to you as soon as you make contact with him .

All participants were selected randomly from the 'World Wide Web' site
through a computer ballot system and extracted from over 100,000 company
addresses. 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 a part of our precautionary measure to avoid
double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous

Please be warned.To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent
with the below details for processing of your claims.

AGENT:Mrs.Dinabeth Gate
Fax Number:0031-847-518-050

Note that all claims process and clearance procedures must be duly completed
early to avoid impersonation arising to the issue of double claim.

To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your
reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with us or our designated

Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program.Thank
you for being part of our promotional lottery program.

Peter Moore.
EURO-ASIAN Zonal Coordinator.

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