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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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Please note about this email:

Fraud email example:

From: "nation lotto" <nation_lotto_2@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 06:56:33 +0000
Subject: PRIZE AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION.

From: Mrs. Teresa Allan.
Euro-Afro-American-Sweepstake Lottery
Headquarters: 1a, Bexon Court Carlton
Nottingham shire Nottingham NG4 1SQ Essex
United Kingdom
Tel/Fax: + 44-870-134-4244
E-mail: nationllotteryuk@hotmail.co.uk  
Attention: Sir/Madam,

                              RE: PRIZE AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION.

We are pleased to inform you of the announcement yesterday of the  winners of the UK International Lottery Program, held on the 10th December   2005.
You or your company, attached to ticket number 2F5-7HK-4329,serial number 53J-721B drew the lucky numbers 10/16/21/24/34/46, and  consequently won the lottery in the 3rd international category.
You have therefore been approved for a Lump-Sum Payout of  US$1,200,000.00 (One Million, two hundred thousand USD), in Cash  credited to file with REF NO: SNI/8033113427/04 and BATCH NO:
44/4107F82/IZ. This is from total prize  oney of US$24,000,000.00  shared among 20 winners
in this category.
All participants were selected through a computer balloting system  drawn from over 185,000 companies and individuals from Australia, New  Zealand,Africa, Europe, North America,South America and Asia as part  our International promotions program for the year, conducted  bi-annually.
Congratulations!
Your fund is now deposited with Absa Bank Of South Africa and insured  in your name awaiting collection. Due to the mix up of some numbers  and names,we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice  until your claim has been fully processed and your total prize money remitted to your  bank account of your choice.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or   unscrupulous acts by participants of this program. We hope with a  part of your prize money, you will participate in our end of year
high stakes of US$58 Million International lottery slot in December  2005.
For the immediate processing and collection of your prize  money,Please contact directly our Claim's Agent in the South Africa:

Barrister. Johnson khmalo

Telephone: +27- 73 588 22 13

Email: johnsonkhumalo2@yahoo.com

All prize money must be claimed not later than 20th January 2006. After  this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed. All  correspondences to JOHNSON KHUMALO hould have this email sent along
with it and also, your full Contact Address, Country of residence and  your E-mail address.
Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform  your claims agent as soon as possible. Congratulations again from all  our staff and thank you for being part of our programme.
Faithfully,
Mrs. Teresa Allan

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