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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: "Mrs.Vanessa Thomas" <euromillions009@msn.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 18:25:18 +0000
Subject: YOU HAVE WON/CONTACT YOUR CLAIM AGENT!!!

LOTTERY WINNING NOTIFICATION/ FINAL NOTICE EMAIL LOTTERY SWEEPSTAKES
(ACCREDITED LICENSED AGENT MR.JOHN BLACK EUROMILLIONS LOTTERY AGENCY)
Ref. Number: 1-9-20-23-30-4-7 Batch Number: 2-11-81-GF 23-3-10
DATE: 13/12/2005
Sir/Madam
We are pleased to inform you about the result of the Euromillions Lottery
Winners International programs held on Friday the 2nd of December 2005. Your
e-mail address attached to ticket number DLC1-5-82-27-3-15-22 with serial
number HLXV18-55-29-45-13 drew lucky numbers 93-15-1-16-30-61 which
consequently won in the 1st category, you have therefore been
approved for a lump sum pay out of US$ 1000,000.00 (One Million United
States Dollars)
CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Due to the mix up of some numbers and name's 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 25,000 company and 40,000,000 individual email addresses and names from
all over the world. This promotional program takes place every three years.
This lottery, was promoted by the software corporation and president of
e-lottery/euro millions to compensate some few individuals with website and
email addresses, we hope that with part of your winning you will take part
in our next year €50 million international lottery.

To file for your claim, please contact our FIDUCIAL AGENT:
Mr. John Black of EUROMILLIONS LOTTERY AGENCY.
TEL: +32-497-924-514
Email: euromillionservs@netscape.net

Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 31th of December 2005.
After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please
remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all
Correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address
do inform our agent as soon as possible. Congratulations once more from our
members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.

Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
Sincerely,
Mrs.Vanessa Thomas.
(Lottery Coordinator)
N.B
To file for your claim, please contact our FIDUCIAL AGENT:
Mr. John Black of EUROMILLIONS LOTTERY AGENCY.
TEL: +32-497-924-514
Email: euromillionservs@netscape.net



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