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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: "Morris Galloway" <molloway@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: morriswayjr@yahoo.com
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 07:02:38 -1000
Subject: FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM.

2005 SWEETWIN LOTTO PROMO LOTTERY


INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS ,
SWEETWIN LOTTO PROMO LOTTERY,
HEADQUARTERS
THE UNITED KINGDOM.
REF: OYL/25041238013/02
BATCH: 24/00319/IPD

Batch: 14/211/0374
Ref: BTL/311OXI/02



Attn: To Winner


We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners
International programs held on the 15/10/2005. Your e-mail address attached
to ticket number :EL-23133 with serial number: EL-123542,batch number:
EL8/163/EL, lottery ref number: EL3/9318/05 and drew lucky numbers
7-1-8-36-4-22 which consequently won in the 1st category, you have therefore
been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$1,500,000.00 (One Million, Five
Hundred Thousand United States dollars) CONGRATULATIONS!!! Due to mix up of
some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information
confidential until your claims has been processed and your money Remitted to
you.

This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants. All participants
were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 40,000
company and 20,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over
the world. This promotional program takes place every year. We hope with
part of your winning, you will take part in our next year US$20 million
international lottery.

To file for your claim, please contact your Claim Agent:
Name: Mrs. Linda Scott
Email: mrslinda45@freeuk.com
with the following information’s,

1. Full name
2.Phonenumber
3.Address
4.Occupation
5.Sex
6.Age
7.Nationality.

Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please
remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all
correspondence.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff
and thank you for being part of our promotional program.

Dr. Morris Galloway
For Management.


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