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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: "south africa fifa 2010 south africa fifa 2010" <sa2010lottery_@hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2006 09:13:04 +0200
Subject: CONGRATULATION YOU ARE THE WINNER!!!

EURO=AFRO=AMERICAN=LOTTERY
INTERNATIONAL=PROMOTION=SWITZERLAND
SOUTH AFRICAN2010 FIFA WORLD CUP LOTTERY
BUNDERSTRASSE 33  
       3324 BERN ECK,SWITZERLAND 
              
                WINNING NOTIFICATION
 
 
 
   Winning Number: Ball number 11Ball number 13Ball number 26Ball
 number
 34Ball number 44Ball number 48 and bonus Ball Number:Bonus Ball number 2 
 
 
Dear Sir/Madam
We happily announce to you the draw of South African 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP lottery Award International programme held in Zurich, Switzerland.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:  B9665 75604546 199 with
Serial number 97560 drew the winning: 11,13,26,34,44,48,02 which subsequently won you the lottery award in the 2nd category.
 
Your name has therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in cash credited to file KPC/9030108308/03. This is from a total cash prize of US $ 100,000,000.00 (One hundred million United States dollars)shared among the first 200 lucky winners in this category worldwide.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our lottery
booklet representative office in South Africa as indicated in the play coupon.
In view of this, your US $500,000.00  (Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) would be released to you through the assistance of our agent in South Africa immediately he commences the process to facilitate the release of your prize as soon as you contact him.
All participants were selected randomly from Worldwide Web site through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000,00 companies and individual email addresses. The lottery programme was organized to
promote South Africa’s 2010 world cup hosting right. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your  winning is processed and your money remitted to you in whichever way you deem fit to claim your prize. For claiming of your prize, remember to quote your reference and Batch Number for easy processing of your prize. That's is! Our DUE PROCESS UNIT (DPU) will render to you complete assistance and provide additional information and processes for the claim of your consultation prize. For due processing of your winning claim, please contact the DPU Information Officer Barrister Smith Mathew who has been assigned to assist you.

See below how to claim your prize.
Details on the Winnings
Your Winning Reference Number is: FLS-ZR39-825P-4 Batch Number: 74-263-BBN.
TICKET NUMBER:B9665 75604546 199
SERAIL NUMBER:97560
WINNING NUMBERS:11,13,26,34,44,48,02
You are required to forward the following details to help facilitate the processing of your claims and certificate which will facilitate the claiming of  winning prize  to the tune of US$500.000.00 dollar. This correspondence officially confirms that we are in receipt of Instructions relating to the payment of your lottery winnings. Provided in attachment is a Non resident claims form you are required to completely fill the claims form with your correct information and submit it. We look forward to receive receipt of your information.
NAME
Country
country of resident
AGE
MOBILE NUMBER:
Remember, you must contact your claim agent Barrister Smith Mathew immediately   you received this message because you stand a risk of loosing the prize if you fail to file your claim within a month from the day you received this notification.You must claim your prize after calling him and sending your reference and batch number and all the above informations to his email address and call him to let him know that you have contacted him through email.
Direct line: +27 734 725 059
Email:
smiththew2036@yahoo.com

Please you are to choose your payment option at which you want your fund Paid to you; listed below is our payment modalities and option of payment.
(1) TRAVELLING DOWN HERE TO SOUTH AFRICA FOR COLLECTION OF YOUR PRIZE
(2)  ELECTRONIC WIRE TRANSFER:......................................
For further confirmation Please call DPU office at TEL: +27-734 725 059
Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions SA2010 WORLD CUP program.
Yours sincerely,
Mrs. Sandra Nzama
[Zonal Coordinator]
 
 
 

 
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification. Please do not reply to this mail box. Contact your claims agent through his email contact at smiththew2036@yahoo.com
 


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