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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: "ibras gardner" <i_bagana@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 08 Nov 2005 15:33:26 +0000
Subject: WORLD UK LOTTERY CONGRATULATIONS...........

WORLD UK LOTTERY
INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY ORGANISATIONS.
OFFICE: 8-10, FREE TOWN AVE,
PLOT: 328 LONDON UK.
REF NUMBER : OSL/653/029/03:
BATCH NUMBER : AT-040-SB06-03
CONGRATULATIONS!!!

DEAR WINNER,

WE ARE PLEASED TO INFORM YOU, THAT AS A RESULT OF OUR RECENT LOTTERY DRAWS
HELD ON 5TH NOV. 2005.YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS ATTACHED TO TICKET NUMBER
27522465896-532 WITH SERIAL NUMBER 652-662 DREW LUCKY NUMBER
7-14-18-23-31-45 WHICH CONSEQUENTLY WON 2ND CATEGORY.YOU HAVE THEREFORE BEEN
APPROVED FOR A LUMP SUM PAY OF US2,500,000.00 ( TWO MILLION FIVE HUNDRED
THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY )

NOTE: ALL PARTICIPANTS IN THIS LOTTERY PROGRAM HAVE BEEN SELECTED RANDOMLY
THROUGH A COMPUTER BALLOT SYSTEM DRAWN FROM OVER 20,000 COMPANIES AND
30,000,000 INDIVIDUAL EMAIL ADDRESSES FROM ALL SEARCH ENGINES AND WEB SITES.


THIS PROMOTIONAL PROGRAM TAKES PLACE EVERY YEAR, AND IS PROMOTED AND
SPONSORED BY EMINENT PERSONALITIES LIKE THE SULTAN OF BRUNEI , BILL GATE OF
MICROSOFT INC , MULTI CHOICE AND OTHER CORPERATE ORGANISATIONS. THIS IS TO
ENCOURAGE THE USE OF THE INTERNET AND COMPUTERS WORLDWIDE. FOR SECURITY
PURPOSE AND CLARITY, WE ADVISE THAT YOU KEEP YOUR WINNING INFORMATIONS
CONFIDENTIAL UNTIL YOUR CLAIMS HAVE BEEN PROCESSED AND YOUR MONEY REMITTED
TO YOU.THIS IS PART OF OUR SECURITY PROTOCOL TO AVOID DOUBLE CLAIMS AND
UNWARRANTED ABUSE OF THIS PROGRAME BY SOME PARTICITANTS.

ALL WINNING MUST BE CLAIMED NOT LATER THAN ONE MONTH AFTER THE DATE OF THIS
NOTICE. PLEASE NOTE, IN ORDER TO AVOID UNNECESSARY DELAY AND COMPLICATIONS
REMEMBER TO QUOTE YOUR REFERENCE NUMBERS AND BATCH NUMBERS IN ALL
CORRESPONDENCES.YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT US BY OUR ALTERNATIVE
EMAIL:i_bagana@yahoo.com

NOTE:YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFED IF YOU ARE BELOW 24YRS.

SINCERELY YOURS .

BARRISTER IBRAS GARDNER


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