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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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Please note about this email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Jonathan Moi" <jonathanmoi@msn.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 15:50:29 +0000
Subject: FOR YOUR INFORMATION;

FOR YOUR INFORMATION;

INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD
FREE LOTTO COMPANY
HOLLAND HEAD OFFICE
SNELLERWAARDGRACHT 12,
1107 EJ GAASPERDAM, AMSTERDAM,
HOLLAND.
Winner- REF/SERIAL NUMBER: LP/26510460037/03, BATCH: 24/00319/IPE

Sir/Madam,
AWARD NOTIFICATION

We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today 11th Dec.2005 of your selection as one of the ten winners of the promotional Free Lotto Sweepstakes held recently as part of our EXPERIMENTAL BONANZA. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 1,000,000.00USD.(One Million Dollars). We in the Free Lottery Sweepstakes is by this program, Launching our model computer balloting lottery draws, developed and designed to satisfy the cravings of the ever-growing number of participants in our various lottery programs. With funds accrued exclusively from previous draws, payouts to all winners are guaranteed and will be transferred in record time.

After randomly selecting 15,000 participants from an initial database of 300,000 emails all participants were selected through a computer ballot system from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Canada, Europe, USA and South America as part our International Promotions Program, which was conducted in view of launching ourselves into the Sweepstakes Industry Worldwide and zoning all participants by their respective continents from across the globe, we produced an extensive list from which you have emerged as one of the winners of the Grand Draw prize. When this programme takes place, email addresses of unknown individuals(ghost participants) are drawn from all over the world. Their email addresses are attached to certain numbers. If by chance, a certain email address(with numbers attached) tallies with some lucky numbers, email confirmation is being sent to the owners of those addresses. The winnings addresses are selected with the help of a complicated electronic email balloting system as earlier stated. Your funds are now deposited with the Bank and Security Service. You are to contact our Legal adviser (to free lotto company) by email, phone call or fax within a week of receiving this notice. Please find full contact details below:

BENNIE LAW FIRM NL
Advocate Mr. Bennie Moore
Advocate Mrs. G.F Saskia
Dr. Edward Makad
Email: bennielaw@walla.com, benniefirm@myway.com
Tel: Tel:+31-647-218-611
In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences with your claims agent.

REF: LP/26510460037/03
BATCH: 24/00319/IPE
Zonal Draw No: HLA2-003
Ticket number 004-5117963-198,
Lucky numbers 05-07-11-12-13-27
1.Winners should send to claim officer account detailed address where they want their prize paid or sent.
2.Winners must send their names, address, telephone number and means of identification via email for immediate processing of payment. Congratulations once again.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs. Kim Gumez
The Promotions Manager,
www.freelotto.com

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