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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: international lotto <internationallotto5_2006@yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 10:25:46 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: CONGRATULATION



AUSTRALIA LOTTO LOTTERY INC.
Date 24/6/2006
Ref: 475061725
Batch: 7056490902/188
Winning No: GB8701/LPRC
CONGRATULATIONS
Australian Lottery Bonanza


ATTENTION LUCKY WINNER

We are delighted to inform you of your prize release on the 24th june 2006 from the Australian International Lottery programme. Which is fully based on an electronic selection of winners using their e-mail addresses.Your name was attached toticketnumber; 47061725 07056490902 serial number 7741137002 This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows 5-13-33-37-42bonus number 17,which consequently won the lottery in the second category. You here by have been approved a lump sum pay of US$200,000.00 (TWO HUNDRED AND THOUSAND DOLLARS) in cash credit file ref: ILP/HW 47509/02 from the total cash prize shared amongst eight lucky winners in this category. All participant were selected through a computer balloting system drawn form Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from Canada, Australia,United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our international promotions program which is conducted annually. This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a
conglomorate of some multinational companies as part of their sociaresponsibility to the citizens in the commmunities where they have operational base.

Further more your details(e-mail address) falls withinour European representative officein Amsterdam,Holland, asindicated in your play coupon and your prize of US$200,000.00 will be released to you from this regional branch office in NIGERIA. We hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes for US$1.3 Billion international draw.

HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE:
Simply contact our fiducial agent,Mr smart at smartsluis_2005@yahoo.com file for your claim.

Please quote your reference,batch and winning number which can be found on the top left corner of this notification as well as your full name, address and telephone number to help locate your file easily. For security reasons,we advice all winners to keep this information confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize released to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid doubleclaiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this programme by non-participant or unofficial personnel.

Note,
All winnings MUST be claimed by the 15th of JULY ,2006; otherwise all funds will be returned as Unclaimed and eventually donated to charity Congratulations once again on your wining.

PLEASE REPLY THIS EMAIL CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS AGENT AT
NAME:Mr smart at smartsluis_2005@yahoo.com
Best Regards
Mr Bright Klinton(For co-ordinator)






BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON THE PART OF THE WINNERS WILL RESULT TO DISQUALIFICATION.





THANKS:
MANAGEMENT, AUSTRALIA LOTTO LOTTERY INC.

Past winners round the world with full of excitment

LOTTERY SPONSORS: CHIEF SPONSORS;

MICROSOFT CORPORATION UK, MICROSOFTCORPORATION AFRICA,
MICROSOFT CORPORATION USA, MICROSOFTCORPORATION

329 Queensberry Street
North Melbourne Victoria 3051
Office Hours: 9am - 5pm GMT+10





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