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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: Free Lotto <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 19:42:59 +0100

Free Lotto Ltd,
406 Bury New Rd.,
Whitefield, Manchester
M45 7SX U.K.

Ref Nr: FL/89123/ZV,

Dear Consultation Prize Winner,


Europe/ America and Asia private international e-games organizers and co-sponsors, FREE LOTTO
Group International, officially bring to your notice of the final draw result of the 22th November -2005
FREE LOTTO -wheel E-game which was conducted at our international corporate office complex in

Most recently this foundation set up the NEW LOTTERY SCHEME to give out prizes based on
COMPUTER BALLOT SYSTEM. By doing this the foundation seek to encourage the use of Internet for
academic and business pursuits. It major aim is to promote music, theater, art, literature, projects in the
social and political arena with a focus on health, as well as science, research, and higher education.

We wish to congratulate and inform you on the selection of your email coupon number which was
selected among the 45 lucky consultation prize winners Your email ID identified with coupon No.
FL34841121 and was selected by our E-games Random Selection System (ERSS) with entries from the
50,000 different email addresses enrolled for the E-game.

Your email ID was included among the 50,000 different email addresses submitted by our partner
international email provider companies. You have won a consultation cash prize of € 800.809.00 (EIGHT
have approved a payout of your consultation cash prize which will be remunerated directly to you by the
official Payment Agency Board. Our DUE PROCESS UNIT (DPU) will render to you complete
assistance and provide additional information and processes for the claims of your consultation prize.

For due processing of your winning claim. Please contact the DPU Information Officer, Mr. Alphonso
Ketter who has been assigned to assist you.

Complete Solutions Ltd
Korte Lijnbaanssteeg 1201
1075 CN Amsterdam
Tel: 31 617 594 984
Fax: 31 847 200 825

Once again congratulations from all our staffs on your consultation prize winning, we hope you will
partake our forth coming FREE LOTTO -wheel Email-games.

You are hereby advised to reconfirm your Full Contact Information as well as other relevant information
in the format stated below so that Mr. Alphonso Ketter can instruct the bank for immediate contact to you
for further remittance advice to your local account.

The Requested Information is to ensure that no error is made and it should be forwarded in the manner
stated below:
Your Full Name:
You?re Complete Address (Physical Address with Zip Code not P.O.BOX):
Name of City of Residence:
Direct Telephone Number: __________________________________ Fax Number
Mobile Number:

Once again congratulations from all our staffs on your consultation prize winning, we hope you will
partake our forth coming FREE LOTTO -wheel Email-games.

sincerely remain

Mrs. Lucy Woods

In accordance with the FREE LOTTO -wheel E-games policy and regulations, this notification is
dispatched directly to only the 45 lucky consultation prize Winners. This notification also contains
information that is proprietary, privileged or confidential or otherwise legally exempt from disclosure. If
you are not the right recipient whose fax number attached to the lucky numbers along with the winning
informations you are not authorized to read, print, retain, copy or disseminate this notice or any part of it.

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