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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 PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT" <internationalwardprize@yahoo.de>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 15:39:29 -0300
Subject: PLEASE CALL FOR CONFIRMATION

FROM THE DESK OF THE DIRECTOR: INTERNATIONAL PRIZE AWARD DEPT
WINNING NOTIFICATION FOR CATEGORY "A" WINNER ONLY

ATTENTION!

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the last final annual
draw of our LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL Programs. The online cyber lotto draws
was
conducted from an exclusive list of 25,000,000 e-mail addresses of
individuals and
corporate institutions,picked by an advanced automated random computer
search from the
internet.No tickets were sold.

After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as a
winner in the category "A" with the following numbers attached Ref Number:
GP 14-M-246-04,Batch Number:
573881545-NL/2006 and Ticket Number: PP 3502 /8707-01.

You are therefore to receive a cash prize of $2,500,000.00. ( Two Million
Five Hundred Thousand ) from the totalpayout.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Your prize award has been insured with your e-mail address and will be
transferred to you upon meeting
our requirements, statutory obligations, verifications, validations and
satisfactory report. To file in for the
processing of your prize winnings, you are advised to contact our Certified
and Accredited claims agent
for category "A" winners with the information below:

************************************************
MR.KELVIN MARKSON
Email:clmdprz66@aim.com
claimsofficer6@netscape.net
Phone:+31 633 757 078
************************************************
You are advice to provide him with the following information:
Names:
Telephone/Fax number:
Nationality:
Occupation:
Age:


NOTE: All winnings must be claimed not later than (14) days;
thereafterunclaimed funds would be included
in the next stake. Remember to quote your reference information in all
correspondence.

You are to keep all lottery information confidential, especially your
reference and ticket numbers.
(This is important as a case of double claim will not be tolerated).Members
of affiliated agencies are
PROHIBITED from participating in this program.

Furthermore, should there be any change of address, do inform our agent as
soon as possible.

Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being
part of our Promotional Program.

regards,

Walter Jones.

Lottery Coordinator.



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