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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: "JERRY SMITH" <smjerr@hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 03:34:50 +0100
Subject: winning notice

REF NUMBER: 014/060/532
BATCH NUMBER: 762901-PCD03
Dear Winner,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the
Lottery Winners international programs held on the 13th
of May, 2006. Your e-mail address
attached to ticket number 27522465896-6453 with serial
number 3772-554 drew lucky numbers 7-14-18-23-31-45
which consequently won in the 2nd category, you have
therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of
EU2,000,000 EUROS (TWO MILLION EUROS).
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
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 claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program
by some participants.
All participants were selected through a computer
ballot system drawn from over 20,000 companies and
30,000,000 individual email addresses
and names from all over the world. This promotional
program takes place every year.
This lottery was promoted and sponsored by eminent
personalities like the Sultan of Brunei. We look
forward to your active participation in our next year
USD50 million slot.
You are requested to contact our clearance office to
assist you with the claim and transfer of your
winnings fund into your instructed account by
acknowledging the receipt of this mail with the email
address below.

Email address: mail.dept@caramail.com

Note that, all winnings must be claimed not later than
one month. After this date all unclaimed funds will be
null and void.
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays 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 promotional program.

NOTE: YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED IF YOU ARE
BELOW 18 YEARS OF AGE.
Yours faithfully,
Jerry Smith
coordinator
Email:mail.dept@caramail.com

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