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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: "AOL_UK GRAND PROMOTIONS" <aoluklivepros@msn.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 03:24:06 +0000
Subject: RESULT

AOL GRAND PROMOTION,
80 HAMMERSMITH ROAD LONDON W14 8UD
UNITED KINGDOM

FROM: THE DESK OF THE DIRECTOR PROMOTIONS,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
REF NO: MELI-T/17-F044262312

Dear Winner,

We are pleased to announce to you as one of the 6 lucky winners in the AOL
GRAND PROMOTIONS held on 10th of December, 2005 in U.K. All 6 winning
addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 40,000 international
emails. Your email address emerged alongside 5 others as a 3rd category
winner in this month's draw.

Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of
£700,000 Pounds (Seven Hundred Thousand pounds) ($1,238,023.00 USD) only.
The following particulars are attached to your lottery payment order:

(i) Winning numbers: 990-11-815-37-10-83
(ii) Email ticket number: 901-0148-790-691
(iii) Lotto Batch No. 13/FFP/LDL/037
(IV) File REF NO: MELI-T/17-F044262312

Please contact the under listed claims officer as soon as possible for the
immediate release of your winnings. You are required to forward the
following details to help facilitate the processing of your claims and
certificate which will facilitate the release of your winnings:
1. FULL NAME.............
2. NATIONALITY...........
3. PHONE NO:.............

CONTACT AGENCY:
MR. LARRY HOLMS AND HARINGEY ACCOUNTANTS U.K,
155A WEST GREEN ROAD, LONDON, N15 5EA,
MANCHESTER M45 7SXU.K.
Email. aolpromog@uk2.net
Tel: +44 7031 909 901 +44 7031 909 902
Fax: +44 8701 333983

Once again on behalf of all our staff, CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Sincerely,

Mrs. Beatrice Wales.
LOTTERY COORDINATOR,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS.
PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT, UK.
80 HAMMERSMITH ROAD LONDON W14 8UD
UNITED KINGDOM


N.B:
1. All claims are nullified after 20 working days from today.
2. Your Ref number must be in all your mails with the claims officer.
3. Do inform the claims officer of any change of names or addresses.
4. Please do not reply to this email. Contact your claims agent.
5. You are not meant to disclose your winning to anyone to avoid double
claiming


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