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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: "YOU HAVE WON" <infogsi2006@netscape.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 11:42:41 -0500
Subject: YOU HAVE WON

QUEST LOTTERY GAMES INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS PROGRAMS
*********************************************************************
675 DEFLOCKLAAN STRAAT 1657 JK
AMSTERDAM THE NETHERLANDS.
**********************************************************************
PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
DEAR SIR/MADAM,
RESULTS FOR FIRST CATEGORY DRAWS.

After a successful completion of the first category
draws of QUEST-LOTTERY GAMES INTERNATIONAL
PROGRAMS.

You have emerged as one of the winners of the
QUEST-LOTTERY GAME INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS, which is part of our
promotional draws. Participants were selected through
a computer ballot system drawn from 30,000 email
addresses of individuals and companies from America,
Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East,
and New Zealand as part of our International
Promotions Program.
*********************************************************************
You/Your Company, attached to:
TICKET NUMBER:AS1-VC9-65LU
SERIAL NUMBER:TYP-LDD
LUCKY NUMBER:DSE-MJK-29RGN
REFERENCE NUMBER: QUI-UU4-5L
BATCH NUMBER:BXQ6-Y22UY-POQ
*********************************************************************
As a category (A) winner, you have been selected by
computer balloting system where only email addresses
are soughted,from a total numbers of 30,000 email addresses
drawn from all over the globe. After an automated computer
ballot of our International Promotions Program
consequently won in the first Category.

You have therefore been awarded a lump sum pay out of
2,000,000.00EUROS. Which is the winning payout
for first categories winners. This is from the total
prize money of 12,000,000.00Euros shared among the
six international winners in the FIRST categories.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
You have to contact the (File/Claim Officer)
for immediate remittance your E-mail address won the lucky number.

To avoid mix up of numbers and names of any kind, we
request that you keep this award strictly from public
notice until the entire process of transferring your
claims has been completed, and your funds remitted to
your account. This is part of our security protocol to
avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by
participants of this program required by the
(QUEST-LOTTERY GAMES INTERNATIONAL).

We also wish to bring to your notice our End of Year
(2006) high stakes where you stand a chance of winning
up to 13 million Euros; We hope that with a part of
your prize you will participate.

To begin your claims process of your winning prize,
please contact your claims agent through e-mail or telephone,fax
immedaitely you received this notification
for due processing and remittance of your prize money
to a designated account of your choice.
*********************************************************************
File/Claim Officer
MR.PIRES VAN MOORE.
manager International Remmittance/Credit unit
Facility Management Region
CITI Trust Finance & Security
98 Kimpering Straat
1263 Qx Amsterdam Netherlandse

Tel: + 31-644-759-074

Fax: + 31-847-535-141

EMAIL: cititrust2006f@aim.com

**********************************************************************
Remember, you must contact your claim agent not later
than July 10th 2006 after this date, all funds will
be returned as unclaimed
NOTE: To avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
please remember to quote your reference and batch
numbers provided below in every one of your correspondence
with your claims agent.
You are to provide the below details,to enable the speedy evaluation and
processing of your winnings.

we advice that you adhere strictly to their procedures to avoid any
disqualifications and subsequent cancellation.

1.Your full names:

2. your full home / office address:



3. direct telephone/fax numbers:


the above detailed information will be absolutely necessary to file
in your claims.
Congratulations once again from all staffs of
(QUEST-LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS)
thank you for being part of our promotions program.
Sincerely,
THE LOTTERY COORDINATOR,
QUEST-LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS.

Sincerely Your's,
Miss.Anna rosemary.

N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the
winners will result to disqualification. Please do not
reply to this mail.

Contact your claims agent.


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