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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: "Mr Scott" <claimsfiduciaryagent@myway.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2006 06:25:01 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: FILL AND RETURN FORM








Attention:Lucky Winner,

How are you doing today?Thanks for your response to the winning notification that was sent to you.Congratulations once again on your victory,you are a lucky person to have won this LOTTERY.Your email address was randomly selected via our cyber email selection machine.This event is done annually and it is a promotional event to assist the less privileged worldwide. You are required to fill the below detail and send it back via email with the following details to help facilitate the processing of your certificate and the release of your winnings:

1. FULL NAMES.2. RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS.3. PHONE NUMBER.4. FAX NUMBER.5. AGE.6. OCCUPATION.7. NATIONALITY.8. NEXT OF KIN.9. AMOUNT WON.10.WINNINGS NUMBERS.11.TICKET NUMBERS.12.REF/BATCH NUMBERS.

You are adviced to forward these information as soon as possible to enable us attend to your file.Please note that your funds have been deposited safely in a security firms in Europe and your information will be forwarded to them before they can release your winnings.

After you have sent down these information, a certificate will be issued to you.This is to be your proof of winning from this office to the security firm before they release your funds.We have put this measure in place to secure our winners funds. However you are advised to keep your winning information confidential until your claim application is duly processed and your winnings remmited to your nominated Bank Account.

In the constitution of our company, we are not allowed to deduct or remove any amount of money from the prizes won by our clients-either for charges,taxes or other expenses which are needed for the processing and transfer of our clients'funds into their nominated bank accounts. This is because of the hard cover insurance policy that came with it and also for the safety of our client's funds.You are adviced to forward these information as soon as possible to enable us attend to your file.

Once again, congratulations.Have a nice day.

Yours sincerely,

Rev.Scott Smith,

Tel:+44 703 181 7539

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