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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:

Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 07:37:31 +0000


Attention: Winner

We are pleased to inform you that as a result of our recent lottery draw
held on the 18th December 2004, your email address attached to ticket number
27522465896 with serial number 652-662 draw lucky numbers 7-14-18-23-31-45
which consequently won the 2nd category for a lump sum pay out of
1,000.000.00 (Euro) (ONE MILLION EURO).

Note that all participants in this lottery program have been selected
randomly through a complete ballot system drawn from over 20,000 companies
and 30,000 individual email addresses from all search engine and website.

This programme takes place every year and is promoted and sponsored by
eminent personalities like the Sultan of Brunei, Bill gate of Microsoft inc
and other Corporate Organizations. This is to encourage the use of the
internet worldwide.

For security purpose and clarity, we advise that you keep your winning
information confidential until your claims have been processed and your
money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid
double claim.

As a result of too many winners we are treating on hand and also making ways
on how they can catch their winning money, therefore you are requested to
contact our clearance officer in Benin Republic West Africa to assist you
with your winnings and subsequent payments. All winning must be claimed not
later than one week after the date of this notice.

Below is the contact of our clearance officer in Benin Republic West Africa.

Name: Parks William
Phone num: 00-229-97-08-69-05
Fax num: 00-229-97-64-89-25

To avoid delay in claiming your winning fund you are therefore needed to
forward to our west african zonal co-ordinator the below information.

1)Your full names and address
2)Country of origin/home address
3)Tel/fax line.
4)Your ticket num and serial number.

Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delay and complications, remember
to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as
soon as possible.

Congratulations once more and thank you for being part of our program.

Please do not respond to me rather to Mr. William

Your Sincerely,
Elizabeth Mcknight.


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