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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:

Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2006 10:37:41 -0400

OCEAN BLUE Lottery Headquarters:
4th Floor,
Berkshire House,
File Reference Number: ACL/51976512/4

Dear winner,
We happily announce to you the draw of the OCEAN BLUE Lottery programs
held on the 22nd of September 2006 in Melbourne, Australia. Your e-mail
address attached to ticket number: 4127543176657 which subsequently won
you the lottery in the 3rd category. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 1,000,000  EURO(ONE MILLION EURO) in cash. This is from a total cash prize of 100 MILLION EURO, shared amongst the first hundred (100) lucky winners in this

Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European
booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play
coupon. In view of this, your 1,000,000 EURO (ONE MILLION EURO) would be
released to you by our Security firm.

All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through
computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 individuals and
companies. The Lottery teams up with lo cal companies and media partners to
promote Lottery products, and informs citizens on where the proceeds from
Lottery ticket sales go. A statewide focus is taken on most large promotions and the Lottery works with local companies, such as Pepsi, in "co-promotional" partnerships.
These partnerships help each company introduce new products to customers. This promotion takes place annually. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till 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 fiduciary agent:
Name: Dr Paul Wenger

To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, you are
To contact Dr Paul wenger with followings details below:
1. Your full names, telephone, contact address and
2. Quote your Ticket number in any correspondences with us or our
designated agent.

Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. The Lottery is strongly committed to maintaining the privacy of personal information that is adhered from the use of its web site and web
services. The following statement discloses the Lottery's privacy policy
and its information gathering/dissemination practices.
The Lottery will not release personal information to third parties except
where it is already provided by law. Depending on the specific nature of
the service, information may be shared with other state agencies as
stated in the Open Records Act. This statute allows for the exchange of
public records or sharing of information between public agencies when the
exchange is serving a legitimate governmental need or is necessary in the
performance of a legitimate government function. E-mail addresses or other information that is obtained as a result of interacting with the Colorado Lottery web site will be used for the benefit of the Lottery and will not be sold to third party companies except as required
by the Open Records Act.

The Lottery will not share personal information with any private party,
except as required by the Open Records Act.
Camilla mvoss
(Zonal Coordinator)


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