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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: "FROM: The Desk of Director lotto payment dept Lotto London International"
<lottoinfodesk@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2005 23:06:47 +0000
Subject: WE ARE VERY SORRY FOR THE LATE NOTIFICATION,

FROM: The Desk of Director lotto payment dept.
Lotto London International
Brighton,East Sussex BN1 1YR,United Kingdom.
REF NO: SNI/8033113427/04
BATCH NO: 44/4107F82/IZ.

Attention;
RE: WINNING NOTIFICATION.

We are pleased to inform you of the announcement of the winners of
the Lotto London International Lottery Program, held on Saturday 10th
of August 2005.
your e- mail adress, attached to ticket number 2F5-7HK-4329,serial
number 53J-721B drew the lucky numbers 8-14-25-40-43-48-33, and
consequently won the lottery in the 3rd international category.
You have therefore been approved for a Lump-Sum Payout of
US$1,200,000.00 in Cash credited to file with REF NO:
SNI/8033113427/04 and BATCH NO: 44/4107F82/IZ.
This is from total prize money of US$24,000,000.00 shared among 20
international winners in this category.
All participants were selected through a computer balloting system
drawn from over 285,000 companies and individuals from Australia, New
Zealand, Africa, Europe, North America,South America and Asia as part
our International promotions program for the year, conducted bi-
annually.
Congratulations!
Your fund is now deposited with our Finance firm in the UK LOTTERY WEST
AFRICA PAYING OFFICE: COTONOU BRANCH,
REPUBLIC OF BENIN
and insured in your name awaiting collection by Cheque or Wire
Transfer.
Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this
award strictly private and from public notice until your claim has
been fully processed and your total prize money remitted to you.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or
unscrupulous acts by participants of this program.
We hope with a part of your prize money, you will participate in our
end of year high stakes of US$58 Million International lottery slot in
December 2005.
For the immediate collection of your prize money,Please contact
office_lottopaymentc@myway.com office.
Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform our
our Payment Co-ordinator as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part
of our programme.
Sincerely,
Mrs Uzomah Davids
NOTE. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will
result to instant disqualification.
WE ARE VERY SORRY FOR THE LATE NOTIFICATION,



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