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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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Some comments about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Susan Vonks" <susan.vonks@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2006 10:40:29 -0800
Subject: Mrs. Susan Vonks..(THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER / PRIZE AWARD WINNER)..


DEAR WINNER,

FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS / PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
SWEETWIN LOTTO PROMO LOTTERY, HEADQUARTERS:10 NORTHUMBERLAND AVENUE,
LONDON WC2N 5BX, THE UNITED KINGDOM.

REF: OYL/25041238013/02
BATCH: 24/00319/IPD

ATTENTION: RE/ AWARD NOTIFICATION/FINAL NOTICE

We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today 23rd February 2006 of
Winners of the SWEETWIN PROMO LOTTERY, UNITED KINGDOM / INTERNATIONAL,
PROGRAMS held on 30th January 2006.

Your e-mail address is attached to ticket number: 023-0148-790-459, with
serial number 5073-11 drew the lucky numbers 43-11-44-37-10-43, which
subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category. It is our pleasure to
inform you that you have emerged as a Category "B" winner of the SWEETWIN
LOTTO PROMO LOTTERY.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of Five Million, Five
Hundred Thousand-America Dollars You have therefore been approved for lump
sum pay Out of US$5,500.000.00 Million in cash credited to file
REFNO.OYL/25041238013/02.
This is from total prize Money Of US$80,400,000.00 shared among the
seventeen International winners in this category. Please note that your
lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office
in Europe as contained in your file.

In view of this, the Certified Bank Check of your Five Million, Five Hundred
Thousand-America Dollars ($US5, 500.000.00) would be released to you by our
security firm in London, United Kingdom. Our European agent will immediately
commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you
contact him.

As a category "B" winner, all participants for the free online lotto version
were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through the computer draw
system and extracted from over 100,000 names / companies from Africa,
Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe, North America and Asia as Part of
International Promotions Program, which is Conducted Bi-Annually. After the
computer ballot of our International Promotions Program, only first
seventeen- (17) lucky winners emerged in this category.

This lottery program was organized by our group of philanthropist promoted
and sponsored by Mr. Bill Gates of Microsoft Inc, eminent personalities like
the Sultan of Brunei, Multi Choice and other corporate Organizations. This
lottery program was organized to improve the use of computer software's and
for the benefit of every Microsoft user.

Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, and for security reasons, you
are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims
is being processed and your Certified Bank Cheque is being received by you.

This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. So be
warned.

To file for your claim, please contact our Category "B" fiduciary agent who
is your claims agent:
MR. KALLEB ALLEN.
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
Vertex Finance Company.
Email : *vertexfinco@yahoo.co.uk*<http://mail.yahoo.com/config/login?/ym/Compose?To=vertexfinco@yahoo.co.uk>

For due processing and the delivery of your won prize to be sent to you
through Certified Bank Check. Please do also send to your claim Agent your
telephone / fax number and your contact address. However, it should be noted
that all won prize must be claimed not later than 12th March 2006. Any claim
not made before this date will be returned back to the SWEETWIN LOTTO PROMO
as unclaimed won prize.

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and Complications, please
remember to quote your Reference and batch numbers in your correspondences
with your claim agent.
Furthermore, should there be any Change of your address, do inform our
fiduciary
agent who is your claims agent as soon as possible.

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, you will Participate in our end of the year high stakes
US$1.3Billion International Lottery.

Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our
promotions program.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Susan Vonks.

N.B. any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to
disqualifications.

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