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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: flaloto@webmail.co.za
Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2006 17:30:13 +0200
Subject: FINAL NOTICE OF AWARD NOTIFICATION

FROM THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS LOTTERY MANAGER,
PROTEA WINNERS ORGANIZATION LOTTERY SOUTH AFRICA,
13,LAKE VIEW DRIVE,AUCKLAND PARK
P.O.BOX 296, AUCKLAND PARK,
JOHANNESBURY,
SOUTH AFRICA.
Your kind Attention:
FINAL NOTICE OF AWARD NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today the 23rd OF JULY 2006,of winners of the PROTEA WINNERS ORGANIZATION LOTTERY, held on 30TH OF JUNE 2006 as part of our promotional draws. Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from Africa, America, Asia, Australia,Canada,Europe, Middle East,and New Zealand as part of our electronic business Promotions lottery Program.
You qualified for the draw as a result of you visiting Various websites we are
running the e-business promotions lottery for.
You/Your Company, attached to ticket number 139-3201-6409,with serial number
570-10 drew the lucky numbers 1,8,14,20,31,46,72,and consequently won in the
Second Category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$3,000,000.00 in
cash,which is the winning payout for Second category winners.This is from the
total prize money of S$21,000,000.00 shared among the Seven international
winners in the Second category.
CONGRATULATIONS!
Your fund is now deposited with the Maco Finance and Security Company insured
in your name. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we award strictly
from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money
remitted to your account.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or
unscrupulous acts by participants of this program. We hope with a part of your prize, you
will participate in our up coming mid year (2007) high stakes US$1.3 billion
International Lottery. To begin your claim, please contact your
claim agent immediately:
DR MARK ZOLO
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
TEL: 00-27-78-3030-229
EMAIL: markzolo@webmail.co.za
Kindly contact your claims officer and provide him with the following
informations,
1. The Refrence Number.-------------------------------------------
2. The Batch Number.-----------------------------------------------
3. The Ticket Number.----------------------------------------------
4. The serial Number.------------------------------------------------
5. The lucky Number.-----------------------------------------------
FULL NAMES:________________________MAILING
ADDRESS:__________________________________SEX:_____________________
AGE/DATE OF BIRTH________________MARITAL STATUS:___________________
OCCUPATION:______________________TEL/FAX UMBER:_____________________
AMOUNT WON:__________________STATE/COUNTRY:_____________________COMPANY
NAME:________________________
If you do not contact your claims agent within 14 working days of this
notification, your winning prize money would be revoked.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember
to quote your reference and batch numbers. Winners are advised to keep their
winning details/ information from the public to avoid fraudulent claims.
(IMPORTANT) pending the transfer/claim
REFERENCE NUMBER: KFQ-XV69-013b-9
BATCH NUMBER: 57-488-BBN
Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you promotions
program.
Sincerely,
MRS STEPHANIE NKOSI.
Lottery Co-ordinator
PROTEA WINNERS ORGANIZATION LOTTERY SOUTH AFRICA


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