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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: Matthew Kingsley <matthew_kingsley@worldemail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 10:18:38 -0500
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS, LOTTERY WINNER.


LAGOS ONLINE LOTTERY PROMOTIONS
LAGOS,23401
NIGERIA
09-25-2006(CUSTOMER SERVICES)
WWW.LAGOSLOTTERY.COM
REF: MTN/6587/356
BATCH: 089/6748/YK06
ATTN: WINNER.
We are pleased to inform you, that as a result of our
RECENT LOTTERY DRAWS HELD THIS MONTH.Your
e-mail address attached to ticket number:234-6077-09
with serial number:390-0 drew lucky
numbers:06-09-13-12-39 which consequently won in
the 5th category.you have therefore been approved for
a lump sum pay of  ($100,000.00 US DOLLARS ONLY) in cash
credited to file with REF: .EGS/3662367114/13.Note
that all participants in this lottery program have
been selected randomly through a computer ballot
system drawn from over 20,000 Officials and 30,000,000
individual email addresses from all search engines and
web sites,from Asia, Australia, New
Zealand, Europe, North and South America, Middle East
and Africa, as part of our International Promotions
Program.
This promotional program takes place every MONTH and
is to encourage the use of the internet and computers
and lottery gamings worldwide.
Your fund is now deposited with Union Bank
and insured in your name
FOR SECURITY PURPOSE AND CLARITY, WE ADVISE THAT YOU KEEP YOUR WINNING
INFORMATIONS CONFIDENTIAL UNTIL YOUR CLAIMS HAVE BEEN PROCESSED.THIS IS
PART OF  SECURITY SYSTEM TO AVOID DOUBLE CLAIMS AND UNWARRANTED ABUSE OF THIS PROGRAM BY  IMPOSTORS.
PLEASE NOTE: IN ORDER TO AVOID UNNECESSARY DELAY AND COMPLICATIONS
REMEMBER TO QUOTE YOUR NAME, PHONE NO., NATIONALITY, AGE , SEX AND YOUR LUCKY NUMBERS AND BATCH NUMBERS IN ALL
CORRESPONDENCE.APPLY FOR YOUR PRIZE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO
YOUR PAYMENT WILL BE PROCESSED WITHIN THE TIME OF CLAIM.
CONTACT YOUR L.O.L.P AGENT:  ANTHONY KINGSLEY
CONTACT MAIL: lagos_lottery1_2006 @yahoo.com 
CONGRATULATIONS ONCE MORE
JIDE KEHINDE
2006 LAGOS ONLINE LOTTERY CORDINATOR --- Web based Email via @WorldEmail.com---

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