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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: sweepstakes_free@hotmail.com
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 14:26:49 +0200
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION

Euro, Afro, American, Sweepstake
Lottery Headquarters:
1a, BoxenCourt Carlton Nottingham
Shire Nottingham NAG4 1SQ Essex Netherland
Customer Service: 580 NCAA 85914Ref:
EASEL/941FYI/03 Batch: 12/25/D

WINNING NOTIFICATION

Dear Winner,

We happily announce to you the draw of the Euro - Afro American Sweepstake Lottery International programs held on the 22nd July 2006 in Essex United Kingdom. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: B9564 75604545 188 with! Serial number 97560 drew the winning: 59/84/26/17/35, which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$1,000,000.00 (One Million United States Dollars) in cash credited to file KPC/9080118308/02.This is from a total cash prize of US $1100, 000, 00 Million dollars, shared amongst the first One Ten (110) lucky winners in this category world-wide.

Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Afro booklet representative office in Africa as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your US$1,000,000.00 (One Million United States Dollars) would be released to you by our bank. Our African agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. All participants were selected randomly from world wide through computer draw system and extracted from over 10, 000, 00 companies and 20, 000, 00 individuals. This promotion takes place annually. For security
reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information’s confidential until your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.

This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be warned. To file for your claim, please contact our agent immediately you read this message for quick and urgent release of your fund, the contacts details are as follows below,

Agent: Martin Zwane
Reply Email: claims_unit_agent@yahoo.com
Contact Tel:+ 27- 83 -730- 5031

PEOPLE MAKES MISTAKES WITH THE EMAIL ADRESS PLEASE READ CAREFULY AND REPLY TO THE REQUIRED EMAIL ADDRESS AS THIS IS ONLY FOR MAILING,YOU ARE NOT ESPECTED TO REPLY HERE.IT IS NOT MONITORED

Please be informed that all winning must be claimed within six weeks after receiving this notification. To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with us or our designated agent. Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program. Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Teresa Allan.Netherland Zonal Co-coordinator.

Mr. Alexandra Davis United Kingdom zonal Secretary General.

N.B: Contact your claim agent on the above details immediately for your claim do not delay for delay is dangerous and opportunity comes but once so therefore RUSH NOW!

Warning this information transmitted is only for the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain confidential and/or privileged material.

Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of this information, or taking of any action in reliance upon this information, by person or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited.
If you received this in error, please contact the sender and delete the material from any computer.

Thanks for your Co-operation.

This is a post-only mailing. Replies to this message are not monitored or answered.


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