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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: world_lotterysa@hotmail.com
Date: Wed, 17 May 2006 02:13:52 -0800
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



FROM THE DESK OF THE PROMOTION MANAGER
WORLDSLOTERY, SOUTH AFRICA.

DEAR SIR/MADAM

We are pleased to inform you of our announcement today, 16th May 2006
of winners in the WORLD LOTTERYSA Promotional draw held on the 10th
May 2006. Participants were selected through a computer ballot
system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from
Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, and New
Zealand as part of our electronic business Promotions Program.You
qualified for the draw as a result of you visiting various e-business
website we are running on the Internet.

A ticket number 100-309-7482,with serial number 111 410-887 was
attached to your entry which drew the lucky numbers 1 10 29 37 45 49
and consequently won in the second category.You are therefore awarded a
cash prize of US$900,000.00, which is the winning payout for Second category
winners.This is from the total prize money of US$13,650,000.00 shared
among several international/local winners in the Second category.
CONGRATULATIONS!

You are to file in your claim to the director of claims department with
the information below to arrange for your payout,

Mr.David Kumalo
Tel:27-83-590-2015
Email:davidkumalo_claims01@yahoo.com

Ensure that you contact the claim department not later than 21 days
from the day you receive this notification message.

Sincerely,

MR AUTHUR MOSES.
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
WORLDLOTTERY SOUTH AFRICA

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