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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: "South Australia Lotteries" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 02:33:20 +0000

South Australia Lotteries
23 Rundle Mall, Adelaide,
South Australia.
[An affiliate of Overseas Subscriber Agents).
Arena Complex 14 Donegall Square West, United Kingdom

From:Mrs Beatrix Nadal



We are pleased to inform you of the result of the South Australia.Lotteries Winners International programs held on the 13th December, 2005.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket #: 00903228100 with prize # 778009/2 drew €1,000,000.00 which was first in 2nd class of the end of year draws. You are to receive €1,000,000.00 (One Million Euros).
Because of mix up in cash pay-outs, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your money (€1,000,000.00) has been fully remitted to you by our accredited pay-point bank. This measure must be adhere to avoid loss of your cash prize - winners of our cash prizes are advised to adhere to these instructions to forestall the abuse of this program by other participants.
It's important to note that this draws were conducted formally, and winners are selected through an internet ballot systemfrom 60,000 individual and companies e-mail addresses - the drawsare conducted around the world through our internet based ballot system. The promotion is sponsored and promoted by South Australia. lotteries.
We congratulate you once again. We hope you will use the part of it in our next draws; the jackpot winning is €85million.
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 20 days.
After this date all unclaimed cash prize will be forfeited and included in the next sweepstake.
Please, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications remember to quote personal and winning numbers in all correspondence with us.

Congratulations once again from all members of South Australia Lotteries.
Thank you for being part of our promotional program.

For immediate release of your cash prize to you,
please kindly contact
our Paying Bank (Deutsche Bank, Amsterdam.)
Send them the following:
(i). Your names, (ii) Contact telephone and fax
numbers (iii) Contact Address (iv) your winning numbers (v) Quote amount

Contact the paying bank with the following:
Contact person: Mr. Jefferson Heritage,
Deutsche Bank, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Tel: 31 633-743-006
Fax: 31-847-572-160

Congratulations once again.
Yours in service,
Mrs.Beatrix Nadal
(Lottery director)

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