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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: "national lottery" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 09:13:12 +0100


                           FROM THE DESK OF PROMOTIONAL CO-ORDINATOR                  


From: Mrs. Lynda Williams
Megasoft E-Sweepstake Internet Promotion Award
Headquarters: 1a, Bexon Court Carlton
Nottingham shire Nottingham NG4 1SQ Essex
United Kingdom Customer Service: 580 NCA 85914
Ref: EAASL/941OYI/05
Batch: 12/27/Du34

Dear Winner,



We happily announce to you the draw of the Megasoft Internet Sweepstake Promotional Lottery International held in the month of April 2006 in Essex - United Kingdom. Your e-mail address has been attached to ticket number: B956475604545 188 with Serial number 97560 drew the winning: 01/03/22/32/38/44/, which you subsequently won the lottery in the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$830,000.00 (Eight Hundred and Thirty Thousand US Dollars - ONLY) credited to file KPC/9080118308/02.  Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Afro booklet representative office in South Africa as indicated in your  coupon. In view of this, your US$830,000.00 (Eight Hundred and Thirty Thousand US Dollars - ONLY) would be released to you by any of our offshore payment banks via you preferred mode of payment.
Your accredited zonal agent will immediately commence processing the release of your prize as soon as you contact him/her. All partispants e-mail addresses were selected "randomly" from World Wide Web site (Macrosoft Powered) through computer E-computer ballot system and extracted from over 120,000,000,00 companies, Governement agencies, charity homes, co -operate bodies and individuals email addresses.

This promotion takes place annually and for security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our precautionary measures to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by the unscrupulous persons.

Be informed that  this  promotion aimed at internet globalization before the year 2010, thereby empowering internet literacy against monopoly .

To file for your claim, contact your allocated zonal agency in South Africa immediately you read this message via telephone or fax or email address below:-

NAME : Dr. David Thambo- Accredited Agency  -  RSA
Office Address: #2 Tudor Avenue - Loft Estate - Sunning Hill Johannesburg
                          2191 - South Africa.
24hrs Hotline number: +27 83 688 5184
Fax: +27 11 507 5634
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with your accredited agent.
Your Sincerely,

Mrs. Lynda  Williams.

United Kingdom Online - Statutory Co-ordinator:

Sir. Steve Ballmer:

CEO. Megasoft sweepstake Corporation

          Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of the Megasoft Sweepstake Conglomerate of the  International  Lottery Board Commission
  Abraham, Vicki                  Savery, Aldwin                  
Mrs. Lynda Williams            Dr. Peter W. Alexandra               Sir. Steve Ballmer
(UK Statutory Online
 Co-ordinator Sec.)           (Zonal Co-ordinator RSA)          (CEO  Megasoft Corp.)
     All rights reserved. Terms of Service - Guidelines
     100860 8556 2548 9576ZA

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