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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 by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: thomas werner <micro_lottnlz20@yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2006 15:55:18 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: LUCKY WINNER


I have a new email address!You can now email me at: micro_lottnlz20@yahoo.com

MICRO LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL

VIJZELSTRAAT 56, 1017 HD,

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS.


FILE REFERENCE NO: PP2005-001-MLI

BATCH: 1505/004NL



TO WINNERS IN OUR PROGRAM

We wish to congratulate you over your success in our computer balloting sweepstake held on 19th March 2006. This is a millennium scientific computer game in which email addresses were used. It is a promotional program aimed at encouraging internet users; therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for it. However, your email address was attached to ticket number 10CBG3471913; with serial number 19034 draw the lucky numbers 1-9-74-31, which eventually won the lottery in the first category of the draws. This entitled to a cash award of US$ 1, 500,000.00 (ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND U.S DOLLARS). This is from total prize money of US$30,000,000.00 distributed to winners from 1st to 3rd categories from 30,000 names from Australia, New Zealand,America,Asia, Europe,USA and North America as part our International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually.



Note that this program was largely promoted and sponsored by a group of philanthropist, industrialists from the internet ware industry and some other big multinational firms who wish to be anonymous. To begin your claim, please contact the claims coordinator .

Please, be adviced that anybody under the age of 18! is automatically disqualified..Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.



For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice. Remember, you must contact your claims officer not later than 2 (two) weeks after this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.All correspondences to BARRISTER GERALD COLE , by email,should have this email sent along with it and also, your email address to which this email is sent, should be clearly and boldly written in your response.

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference number in every one of your correspondences with your officer. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims officer as soon as

possible.

Yours Sincerely,

MR. THOMAS WERNER

Claim Officer.

Email address: microlotieclaims@netscape.net

Tel: +31 626 750 958

Fax: +31 847 596 974


Provide him with the information below:

1.Name:..............................................................................

2.Address:..........................................................................

3.Marital Status:..................................................................

4.Occupation:.......................................................................

5.Age:..................................................................................

6.Sex:...................................................................................

7.Nationality:.........................................................................

8.Country Of Residence:........................................................

9.Telephone Number:............................................................

10.Fax Number:....................................................................

11.Draw Number above:........................................................

12.company/brief description:................................................


Yours Faithfully,

Head Of Department

For: Micro Lottery Int'l

MRS. HOFFMAN SMITH

- thomas werner


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