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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: "Parisclub lotto" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 13:56:37 -0500
Subject: Re: Acknowledge The Reciept Of This Notification.

Dear Winner,

We are pleased to inform you of your selection as one of the winners of PARIS CLUB LOTTERY DRAW. Your e-mail address attached to a computer ballot system which you where emerge among the lucky winners .You are therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 400,000.00€ (FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO ONLY) in cash credited to file REF No: PC/21/18/006/EU, BATCH NO: 23-37-17-43-45
and LUCKY DRAW NO: 12-18-26-48-50.

The Management of Paris Club Lottery is by this program launching our model computer balloting lottery draws system to develop and designed to satisfy the cravings of the ever growing number of participants in our various lottery programs. After randomly selection of 10,000 participants from an initial database of 100,000 e-mails address of all participants were selected through a computer ballot system from America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Arab as part of our International Promotions Program, which was conducted in view of launching computer balloting system into the Lottery Industry Worldwide and zoning all participants by their respective continents from across the globe, we produced an extensive list from which you have emerged as one of the (5)five winners of the Grand Draw prize.
Therefore, to claim your prize contact the fiduciary agent through telephone and e-mail address given below and quote your winning numbers in every of your correspondence for the processing of your prize.

705 robyns way
Kent TN18 8EB
Tel: +44 7031860139
Tel: +44 7031860562
6am - 6pm
monday - friday
REF: PC/21/18/006/EU
BATCH NO: 23-37-17-43-45
LUCKY DRAW NO: 12-18-26-48-50

Please be informed that for all NON UK RESIDENT WINNING CLAIMANTS it is required of you to pay a one time lotto disbursement tax of 1,500.00€ as required by Section 2B/1918 of international gaming commission Act. Unfortunately Paris Club Financial Trust can not pay the said tax on your behalf without first obtaining a Power of Attorney, this slow process might result in you not meeting the deadline to claim your winnings, Paris Club Financial Trust is willing to finance the said tax in return will withhold 20% percent of your total winnings, however you do have the option to pay the said tax yourself if you are unwilling to relinquish 20% percent of your winnings. Your lucky winning numbers are: PC/21/18/006/EU

If you opt for Paris Club Financial Trust to pay your taxes, then you should send us an e-mail to that
effect so that we can arrange for a cashers check for the payment to be sent to you immediately to accommodate the taxes, but if you rather pay the taxes out of your own pocket, to avoid losing 20% Twenty percent of your winnings then you should send an e-mail right away to your claims handler so that he can instruct you on how to pay the taxes.

Once you have paid the taxes of 1,500.00€ a check or money transfer will be effected in your name for the total winning amount of 400,000.00€ but if we will finance the taxes for you, then your pay out will be 320,000.00€.

Furthermore, you are seriously advised to keep all winning lottery information and numbers from the public in line with security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by unscrupulous individuals. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to Disqualification.

Congratulations once again from staff and board of PARIS CLUB LOTTERY and thank you for being part of our Email Lottery Program.

Yours Sincerely,

Information in this message is confidential and may be legally privileged.
It is intended solely for the person to whom it is addressed.
If you are not the intended recipient,
Please delete the message from your system immediately and notify the sender.

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