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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: claimsdispatcherk@hotmail.com
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 14:00:15 +0200
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION


FROM THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
MR.ADAM KARABO.
EUROPEAN/UK/S.A.UNION INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS
BID SOUTH AFRICA 2010 WORLD CUP LOTTERY
AWARD DEPARTMENT.UNITED KINGDOM/SOUTH AFRICA
(Customer Services)

Ref: FER/4690/6103/24
Batch:245-379-482
Winning No:2-9-22-23-24-30

WINNING NOTIFICATION


We happily annouce to you the draw of South African 2010 World Cup Bid Lottery Award International programs held in U.K your "email address" was attached
to ticket number; 12324277 serial number 6663817262 This batch draws the
lucky numbers as follows -9-22-23-24-30 bonus number 2, which consequently
won the lottery in the second category.

You hereby have been approved lump sum pay of £2,000,000.00 (TWO MILLION POUNDS) file Ref: FER/8309/1209/26 from the total cash prize of 18,000,000.00 shared amongst ten lucky winners based on their category.

All participants "email address" were selected through a computer balloting
system drawn from Nine hundred thousand names from Canada,Australia,United
States,Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceanic as part of our international
promotions program which is conducted annually.

This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by some multinational companies as including Bill Gate, and some other EU governmental personalities part of their social
responsibility to promote South Africans 2010 world cup award. the citizens in the communities where they have operational base.

To process your claims you are hereby advice to contact the Claim Agent immediatly with this information:

NAME:............................................................................
ADDRESS:......................................................................
NATIONALITY:................................................................
SEX:...............................................................................
AGE:..............................................................................
PHONE/MOBILE:...........................................................
FAX:.............................................................................
OCCUPATION:.................................................................
COMPANY:.....................................................................
BATCH/WINNING NUMNBER:............................................

The lottery program took place to promote South Africans 2010 world cup award.

Please you are advised to file for your claim immediately through our Agent in South Africa Mr.PHILIP BRIGHT to remit your winning fund to your account. Call him on the phone immediately you received this message because you stand a risk of loosing the prize if you fail to claim within a month from the day you received this notification.

His contact details are as follows...

NAME: MR.PHILIP BRIGHT
(CLAIM AGENT).

Email:phils@paymentcentre.zzn.com


Call him on the phone immediately you recieve this mail.

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 dual claiming and unwarranted
taking advantage of this program by non-participant or unofficial personnel.
Note.

Congratulations once again on your winnings!!!

Best Regards
MARIA STEVE
Co-coordinator
EUROPEAN.UK .SOUTH AFRICAN UNION INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS.

Yours faithfully,
MARIA STEVE.
Online coordinator
EUROPEAN/UK/S.A UNION INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS,
Open 7 days 7am-7pm.

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