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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: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 09:59:38 -0700
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?CONGRATULATIONS=20=28YOU=20JUST=20WON=20A=20LOTTERY=29?=

East Asia Lottery Promotion Agency.
Jingui Garden D6, No.184 Jiefang Bei
Road, Zhunhai Guangdong Province.

Accredited Licensed
Agent to East Asia
Lottery International)
East Asia lottery
Promotion Agency,
Ref Number: 132/756/4107
Batch Number: 538901527-BB67


We are pleased to inform you of the result of the NLF ONLINE International
Lottery programs that entered your email addresses amongst other addresses
for the international lottery programs conducted by NLF ONLINE.

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 27511465896-6410 with serial
number 3772-510 drew lucky numbers 7-14-88-23-31-45, which consequently
won in the 1st category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum
pay out of US$ 1,600,000.00 (One Million Six hundred thousand United States
Dollars) from a total sum of USD $8,000,000.00 shared amongst the first
5 lucky winners entered in their category.


All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
over 20,000companies and 30,000,000 individuals email addresses and names
from all over the world. This promotional program takes place every year.

This lottery was promoted by some software corporation to compensate some
few individuals with website and email addresses. After the Microsoft anti-various
incident on August 2003.

However, you have automatically qualified to take part in our next year
USD16 million international lottery programs.

To file for your claim now, please contact East Asia Lottery Agency Agent.
Mrs. Marie Yao at or Mr. Peter Briggs at

Please provide her with your 6 digit numbers 8, 3, 7, 9, 5, 2 and your password
RRTAz15. You are also advised to provide us with the under listed information
as soon as possible:

1. Name in full:
2. Address:
3. Nationality:
4. Age:
5. Occupation:
6. Phone/Fax:

If you do not contact your claims agent within7 working days of this notification,
your winnings would be revoked. Winners are advised to keep their winning
details/information from the public to avoid fraudulent claim (IMPORTANT)
pending the transfer/claim by Winner.

Accept my hearty congratulations once again!

Sincerely yours,
Mrs. Marie Liu.


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