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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: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 16:52:21 -1000

Applecrest & Grant Lotteries,
1022 Kingsway Ave., Osborne,
Western Australia, 6018.
Head office: Maliebaan 38-40, 3581CR,
Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Dear Sir/Madam,

YOU WON: $1,000,000.00!
With utmost joy, we are pleased to inform you of the result of the
Apple crest & Grant Lotteries International programs held on the 11th, of
December 2005 drew cash Prize of $1,000,000.00. Your e-mail address attached
to Code number 370011672387-290-02 with claim
Number 12093782/42 drew these lucky numbers 894-4563-001-764-64-2911, which
consequently won in the 1st category. You have been approved to receive a
cash prize of $1,000,000.00 (One Million USD).
Be advised that due to incessant mix up in cash prize transfer to previous
winners, we advise that you Keep your winning information confidential until
your claims is been processed and your funds ($1,000,000.00) Transferred to
you. This security measure is important; its protocol meant to avoid double
claims, transfer and unwarranted abuse of this program by other
Participants were selected anonymously through a private ballot system
(computer ballot) from over 35,000 Companies and 70,000 individual e-mail
addresses all over the world. At the final draw your e-mail address Emerged
as the winner of our last jackpot.This is promotional program takes place
bi-annually, and it is promoted and sponsored Orient software Corporation
(Orient Networks). It is met to reward some individuals and corporations who
have devote Their time and resources surfing the world wide web (www) with
their email addresses. Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than
5 working days from today. After the expiration of that time frame, if your
funds are unclaimed, it will be refunded to us and included in our next
draws.We hope you will use part of your cash prize to participate in our
next $18million draws in March 2006. Lastly, in order to avoid unnecessary
delays/complications with the transfer of your funds to you, please
Always remember to quote your Code number in all correspondence with our
paying bank (Deutsche
Bank-Amsterdam). Furthermore, should there be any change of your present
address, please notify us
Immediately so to make the appropriate adjustment.

Congratulations from the management and staffs of Applecrest & Grant
Kindly, immediately, contact our Paying Bank (Deutsche Bank-Amsterdam) for
your payment advice.
Send them following e-mail:
I……………(your names)…….., with e-mail address………..(your e-mail address)…..,
contact address………..(postal address)…….and code number:……….(quote your code
number)…….is the winner of the last Applecrest & Grant Lottery draws, with a
cash prize of $1,000,000.00. Kindly advise me with details of the process of
the transfer of my cash prize within the next 5-working days.

Contact details of our Paying Bank:
Contact person: Mr. Paul White
Department of Private Banking,
Deutsche Bank, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Tel: 31 633-769-527
Fax 31-847-286-273
Yours in services,
Scott Frederic.(Lottery Coordinator)

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