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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: susan bryant <>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 04:38:15 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Attention Amarjit Singh

Attention Amarjit Singh ,

This is to inform you that this AUTHORITY has precedence over your
WINNING Fund and as such is totally in control of all winners seeking for
immediate settlement in various Security Companies and Trust Clearing
Houses across Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, north and south America
Continents due to various turn-around plights and complaints of winning
fund been held for long by some dubious Officials of this company who
have just being brought to face the law by this Honorable office.

The topmost confidence of effecting immediate discharge of this tax was
reposed in this Body praying that adequate measures will be taken by
this Body as to forestall Fund diversion, fraudulent practices, Graft and
Financial crimes as perpetrated by some unscrupulous individual(s) and
/ or office(s).

Furthermore, we have today withdrawn your Fund payment in order to
avert any misdirection of the same. In pursuance to the same project, you
are hereby required to co-operate with this Body as it's the only
authorized office that will guarantee the easiest and safest release of your
Fund in less than 72 hours through the help of a reputable security

To this effect, you are required to reconfirm and authenticate your
given particulars below for certainty and onward processing and release of
you funds as we may not be held liable for any wrong payment.

Most assuredly, we must not hesitate in discharging our fund payment
obligations to you reliving this as a way of preventing you from further
occurrence of illegal taxation's. Remember that this Body still
reserves the rights to withhold, cross-examine, determine and / or effect all
winning fund settlements in the event of any bureaucratic hurdles.

Be advised that your furtherance of these payment negotiations with any
person or group of persons, office(s) is tantamount to a total fund
payment irregularity; thus, it shall be to your own discredit and peril,
as THE DOMINICAN LOTTERY ORGANIZATION do not and will not charge for the processing of your winning fund. A prompt attention to this email shall be in your own

This office is staunch in action at 24 hrs. Service. Once more, accept
our Congratulations!

Yours Sincerely
Barr. Victor Williams
Director,(Security and fund release dept).

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