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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: "phillip churchill" <promotions6ballgames@hotmail.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 09:03:14 +0000
Subject: AWARD NOTIFICATION!!

THE 6 BALL GAMES LOTTERY
LONDON OFFICE
233-5 AMITHY GROVE
LONDON, SW200LL.
UNITED KINGDOM

DEAR WINNER,

We are please to announce you as one of the 3 lucky winners in the 6 BALL
GAMES LOTTERY draw held on 3rd of December. All 3 winning addresses were
randomly selected from a batch of 5,000,000 international emails. Your email
address emerged alongside 2 others as a 3rd category winner in this month's
draw.

Consequently,you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of
£2,000,000 Pounds (Two million pounds) only. The following particulars are
attached to your lotto payment order:

(i) Winning numbers: 05,11,25,31,59,62
(ii) Serial number: 71-2-5166
(iii) Lotto batch number: 6BG-110
(iv) Reference number: WH-904-9

Please contact the underlisted claims officer as soon as possible for the
immediate release of your winnings:

MR NORMAN KING
Claims Department Manager
WILSON & HENRY FINANCIAL FIRM
Email: wilson_henry_manager@msn.com
Fax: +44 2076811975


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

Sincerely,

Mr. Philip Churchill
Promotions Manager
Tel: +44 7040118013
Fax: +44 7005805159

N.B:
1.All claims are nullified after 10 working days from date of mail
notification.
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.All winners under the age of 18 are automatically dis-qualified.
5.Please do not reply to this email, contact your claims agent.
(MR NORMAN KING).


_______________________________________________________________________

The 6 BALL GAMES LOTTERY Awards is proudly sponsored by financial Corp's and
a conglomeration of other international IT companies. 6 BALL GAMES internet
draw is held monthly, and is organized to encourage the use of the internet
and computers worldwide. We are proud to say that over 200 Million Pounds
are won annually in more than 150 countries worldwide. We also encourage you
to visit our website and take your chance to play and become part of our
monthly winners. Millions are won on a monthly basis on one of the world's
most famous free lotto service.


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