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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: "james dr adams" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 17:14:20 -0500
Subject: GOOD DAY,

TEL: 0213 060 1645
FAX: 0258 060 1686
BATCH NO: 214/6723/AL
We are pleased to announce the result of the AUSTRALIAN LOTTERY PROGRAM
held on Monday the 10TH of November 2004 Among the 129 participating
finalist playing 6000 full ticket in the fifth series, from a pool of
£4,600,000.00 (Four Million Six Hundred Thousand Pounds Sterling), in cash
your name attached to ticket number 525ó11464992ó750 with Serial number
760112-05 drew the lucky numbers 09-14-23-24-31-41 Which consequently won
the lottery prize in that category. You have therefore been approved for a
lump sum payout of £456.000 (FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY SIX THOUSAND POUNDS),
which is your winning amount.CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Recently our payment centre in London has just notified us that over the
past few months there was no winner form submitted on your claims. We are
s o sorry in the delay in receiving your winning cheque of £456.000 is now
deposited with our paying bank in London and insured to your name. And
this delay was caused due to mixed up of some numbers and names which made
us to slow down in all the winning payments and claims until now that we
have rectified the problems. And for this reason, we ask that you keep
this winning information away from public notice until your claim has been
processed and your receive your winning cheque. This is a part of our
security protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage
of this program by participants.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
25,000 names from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and North America
as part of our international promotions program, which we conduct three
times every year. We hope that with a part of your prize, you will take
part in our end of yea r HIGHSTAKE £15 Million International lottery.
Since we donít deal directly with the public to begin your claim, this
notice with your winning information has been forwarded to our licensed
United Kingdom Agency in London. Please contact our London payment centre
for processing and Claim of your prize
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your batch numbers in every correspondence with our
paying Office. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do
inform our payment Centre in London as soon as possible,Congratulations
once again from all members of our staff and thank you for being a part of
our promotions program.
You are strongly advised to keep this matter strictly confidential until
your claim has been confirmed.
Accordingly as I stated here. Expecting to hearing from you.Always
reply with this 
Mr James Richardson.

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