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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: "William S. Paschal" <williamstone_01@she.com> (may be fake)
Reply-To: william_stone@she.com
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 12:49:00 +0700
Subject: PROMOTION WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT

ASEAN PROMOTIONS ORGANIZATION PRIZE/AWARD
BANGKOK THAILAND.

SUBJECT: PAYMENT NOTIFICATION

Date: 20th May 2004. >>>>>>>>Machine Used For the Draw: MOONSTONE. <<<<<<<<Ball Set Used: 6. >>>>>>>Winning Numbers: 08 - 35 - 23 - 28 - 90 – 57 – 12>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Prize Awards: USD $350,000.00 <<<<<<<<<<<<Our Ref: ASEAN/391/04.VOL.2/BK <<<<<<<<<<<you’re Ref: ASEAN/02ABT/0508/04/BK

Dear our treasured lucky winner,


It is our pleasure to inform you of the announcement today as dated of our promotions program held on the 20th of March 2005.
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 300,000 names of people living in the following countries: United Kingdom, America, Switzerland, Australia, Spain, New Zealand, and other parts of Europe, Middle-East, Asia, Africa and North & South America as part of our international promotions program conducted annually to encourage prospective overseas entries. The result of our computer draw 874 of this day selected your names and email address on the lucky jackpot winning number 08 - 35 - 23 - 28 - 90 – 57 – 12 which consequently won the lottery jackpot prize awards in the 2nd category.
As a result, you have been approved a lottery jackpot lump sum grand prize awards winning of
[350, 000.00]. (THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS ONLY), insured under a comprehensive insurance policy in your
names for security reasons and credited to file in cash credited to file with REF:N.Asean/3662367114/18. This is from a total cash prize of 7,200.337.00, shared among the twenty-five international winners in this category.

CLAIM PROCEDURES: For overseas lucky winners, it is our standard practices to allocate accredited agents for the processing of claim application on behalf of overseas lucky winners and payment of grand prize awards winning to the benefit of beneficiaries after all modalities have been completed satisfactorily. To begin your claims therefore, you are advised to contact our licensed and accredited claim agent for Overseas Lucky Winners for the processing of your prize awards winning and payment to your designated bank account or sending you a draft to your postal address after all statutory obligations have been concluded satisfactorily. Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than 30th of December
2005. Any claim not made by this date will be returned to HER MAJESTY'S
DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY.
Contact the under-listed Promotion Coordinator

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

We wish you continued good fortunes.

NAME: William S. Paschal
Promotion coordinator,
ASEAN Promotions Organization
TEL: +66-1--4919460.
EMAIL: william_stone@she.com

Sincerely,
DR. CLIFFORD WATSON.
VICE PRESIDENT
ASEAN PROMOTIONS BANGKOK THAILAND


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