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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: "delotto promo" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 16:54:24 -0600

28 Tanfield Road, Croydon.London
(Customer Services)
Ref: 74UK/957/-00885DT
Batch: DT957/74UK
Zonal Draw No: DT-A2-004-875
Grand Draw No: 915


Dear Lucky Winner,


We are pleased to notify you the draw (#915) of the DELOTTOBV International
Lottery Program held on 5th Dec 2005.Participants were selected through a
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 North 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. To ensure a smooth collection of your winnings, the
transfer of your prize is to be handled by our Prize Transfer agents .You
are to contact our agents by email/fax or call within a week of receiving
this notice. Be advice to 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. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of
(US$1,500,000.00) 0ne Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars only in cash
credited to file number 74UK/957/-00885DT.This is from a total cash prize of
US$7,500, 000:00 shared amongst the five (5) lucky winners in this category
i.e. Match 5 plus bonus.

Your prize award has been insured in your favour and is ready for claims. To
begin your claims therefore, you are advised to expeditiously contact our
licensed and accredited claim agent for Overseas Lottery Winners within a
period of 7 working days (date of this email inclusive) for the processing
of your winning and remittance to your designated bank account after all
obligations have been satisfactorily dispensed with. Please be informed that
claims not processed within the stipulated period may be forfeited to the
pool without further notice. Your claim agent will immediately commence the
process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact
him/her. You may wish to establish contact via e-mail or fax/telephone with
the particulars presented below.
Overseas Claims Unit
Contact Person: Mr. Hans Boyer
Tel: + 44 7 040 109 115
Fax:+ 44 7 030 404 141
Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality, and
press anonymity until the end of proceedings, and beyond where they so
desire. Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of
confidentiality until the end of proceedings to circumvent problems
associated with fraudulent claims. This is part of our precautionary measure
to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.
At your disposal, we remain.

Very Truly Yours,
Lottery Co-Ordinator,
TEL/FAX: +44 87 1251 5407.
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to
Disqualification. Contact your claim agent as instructed above.

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