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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: mrs grace hamson <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 00:26:02 -0800 (PST)

zRef: 7458222754
Batch: 905534213/255
Winning No: XB3/701/LNRC.


Dear Lucky winner,

We are delighted to inform you of your prize release
for the month from the Australian International
Lottery programme. Which is fully based on an
electronic selection of winners using their / Your
name was attached to ticket number; 7458222754,
905534213 serial number 6741137002 This batch draws
the lucky numbers as follows 2-17-43-47-52 bonus
number 17, which consequently won the lottery in the
second category in this month Programme.

You hereby have been approved a lump sum pay of
US$300,000.00 (Three Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars) in cash credit file Ref: ILP/MW 47509/02 from
the total cash prize shared amongst eight lucky
winners in this category.

All participant were selected through a computer
balloting system drawn from our One Million E-mail
addresses from Canada, Australia, United States, Asia,
Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania Region as part
of our international promotions program which is
conducted annually. This Lottery was promoted and
sponsored by a conglomorate of some multinational
Companies as part of their social responsibility to
the citizens in the communities where they have
operational base.

Further more your details (e-mail address) falls
within our African representative office in NIGERIA
and your prize of US$300,000.00 will be released to
you from this regional branch office in NIGERIA
. Simply contact our Financial Agent
DR JAMES D. through his Contacts and email

Address: Clems Chambers and Solicitors (ABA ABIA
Tel: +234 8035372120 We hope with part of your prize, you will participate
in our end of year high stakes for US$1.3 Billion
international draw. Please quote your Date of
draw,reference, batch and winning numbers which can be
found on the top left corner of this and telephone
number to help locate your file easily. For security
reasons, we advice all winners to keep this
information Confidential from the public until your
claim is processed and your prize released to you.

This is part of our Security protocol to avoid double
claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this
programme by non-participant or unofficial personnel.

Note, all winnings MUST be claimed on or before 15th
of December 2005; otherwise all funds will be returned
as Unclaimed and eventually donated to charity.

Congratulations once again on your winnings!!!

Best Regards,
Mrs Grace Karimu
(For Public Relations)

NB: if you are from europe, kindly contact our london
office. on

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