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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: "Chris Udoh" <chrisudoh8006@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: chrisudoh001@yahoo.com
Date: Mon, 07 Aug 2006 00:51:19 -0800
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!!

OVERSEAS/ AFRO EURO STAKES LOTTERY
INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY ORGANISATIONS.
ADD: 37 GREYSTOCK ROAD CAMBRIDGE
CB1 8DS UNITED KINGDOM.
Email: Roselinejames2001@yahoo.com
REF NUMBER;OSL/653/029/03
BATCH NUMBER;AT-040-SB06-03

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

ATTENTION :Sir\Madam,

We are pleased to inform you, that as a result of our recent lottery draws
held on 4th January 2005.Your Name and Email address attached to ticket
number 27522465896-532 with serial number 652-662 drew lucky number
7-14-18-23-31-45 which consequently won 2nd category. You have therefore
been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$2,500,000.00(UNITED STATES
DOLLARS)

Note: ALL participants in this lottery program have been selected randomly
through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 Companies and
30,000,000 individual Names,email addresses from all search engines and web
sites. This promotional program takes place every year,and is promoted and
sponsored by eminent personalities like the Sultan of Brunei,Bill Gates Of
Microsoft inc, Multi Choice,Echina site and other corperate
organisations.This is to encourage the use of the internet and computers
worldwide.

For security purpose and clarity,we advise that you keep your winnings
informations confidential until your claims have been processed and your
money remitted to you.This is part of our security protocol to avoid double
claims and unwarranted abuse of this programe by some particitants.

We look forward to your active participation in our next year US$50 Million
slot. You are requested to contact our clearance officer below to assist you
with your winning and subsequent payments.All winnings must be claimed not
later than one month After the date of this notice.Please note,in order to
avoid unnecessary delay and complications remember to quote your reference
number and batch numbers in all
correspondence.

Furthermore,should there be any change of addresses do inform our agent as
soon as possible. Congratulations once more and
thank you for being part of our promotional program.

NOTE;YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED IF YOU ARE BELOW 20 YEARS OF AGE.

Sincerely yours

FOR FURTHER INFORMATIONS CONTACT.
NAME : MRS ROSELINE JAMES.

_________________________________________________________________
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