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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: dickson james <dikky9999@yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 14 May 2006 00:31:58 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: CONGRATULATION...............


Dear Sir / Madam,

We happily announce to you the draw of 2006 International Program held on the 27th of March 2006 in EGLAND LONDON.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:
HGHH8988851216 with serial number: 67118911 and draw lucky number: 298339933 which subsequently won you lottery in the 2nd category of file number: FAEAAS-ID.You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$250,000.00
(Two hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) in Cheque.

All participants in this lottery program were selected randomly through a computer ballot system, drawn from individual email addresses from all search engines.Your e-mail address was picked by the automated computer ballot system, which has been programed for this random selection. This has eventually qualified you for the Winning.This promotional program takes place annually, and is promoted and sponsored by eminent personalities, Sultan of Brunei, Bill Gates of Microsoft Inc.With the support of European corporate companies and organizations to encourage the use of Internet and computers worldwide.

Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Asian representative's booklet in EGLAND LONDON, as indicated in your file number: FAEAAS-ID. In view of this, your US$250,000.00 Cheque would be released to you by Our Asian Fiduciary Agent, Our Asian Fiduciary Agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your Cheque as soon as you contact Barrister Artha Hamzah's office in Jakarta Indonesia.

Please contact Barrister DICKSON JAMES in Egland London for your claim with the following details below to enable the speedy evaluation and processing of your winning.
1 Name. 2 Home address. 3 Telephone number. 4 Age and occupation. 5 Ticket number. 6 Serial number. 7 File number. 8 Draw number.

BARRISTER DICKSON JAMES
E. LONDON FIDUCIARY AGENT
dikky3000@yahoo.com

Tel: +447031861060 or +447031862496

For security purposes and clarity we advice that you keep your winning informations confidential, and not to be disclosed to anyone until your claim have been fully processed and your winning Cheque delivered to you. BE WARNED!

Your winning details can only be released to your fiduciary agent who will commence the process of your winning, This is to avoid wrong and double claim, it is also part of our security protocol to avoid unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous element.You are requested to contact Our Asian Fiduciary Agent in Jakarta Indonesia for your claim.Please note that you will make your claim but not later than one month and two weeks grace period from the date you received winning notification.

In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications make sure that your winning details are quoted correctly in all correspondence.We advice that you adhere strictly to these procedures to avoid disqualifications and subsequent cancellation.The above detailed information will be absolutely necessary to facilitate the process of your winning Cheque.Once again! please Note that this winning is valid for one (1) month and grace period of fifteen (15) days, failure to issue claims after this period, your Cheque will be automatically void.


Congratulations!



Mrs. D. JAMES,
Lottery Zonal co-ordinator


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