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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: Margaret Ferguson <powerballslottery2006@europeanlottery.orangehome.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 03:08:46 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: NOTICE...CONGRATULATIONS!!!!


NOTICE...CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
West London,
43 North End Road,
West Kensington, London W14 8SZ
Lucky Winner, NOTICE...CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
POWERBALL EURO E-MAIL INTERNATIONAL
PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPT
BATCH NO: PTP/31211214257/190888/2202
REF. NO: PTP/21449267220/255100//2202
WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL
NOTICE...CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

This is to inform you of the release of the E-MAIL LOTTERY BALLOT INTERNATIONAL/WORLD GAMING BOARD.Your name attached to ticket number 219028657434 with Serial number 918735625 drew the lucky numbers of 21-70-81-82-99,which consequently won the lottery in the 1st category.

You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payment of 1,000,000.00euros only, which is deposited with the UnitedKingdom Clearing house in your favor as beneficiary and covered with HIGH INSURANCE POLICY. It is important that you keep your winning confidential to avoid people garneringyour information and subsequently making claim with your winning paraphernalia information’s, POWERBALL EURO E-MAILINTERNATIONAL will decline payment if such irregularity occurs.

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from only Microsoft users from over 20,000.00 companies and 3,000,000.00 individual email addresses and names from all over the world. To begin your lottery claim, please contact our agent below that have been appointed forthe processing of your claim with your contact telephoneand fax number to begin the processing of your payment.

ELIGIBILITY:
This promotion is offered only electronically via the Internet and is open to all persons from age 18 years and above with a valid email address and who live in any of the aforementioned countries.This promotion is void in all other countries and is also void where prohibited.Principals and employees of POWERBALL EURO E-MAIL INTERNATIONAL Promos and its respective Parents, subsidiaries and their immediate families are not eligible.

CLAIMS PROCEDURES:
It is our standard practice to allocate accredited agents for the processing of claims application. It is even more imperative for overseas winners. To begin your claims therefore, you are advised as a matter of urgency, to contact the under listed licensed and accredited claims agent for the processing of your prize awards winning. Please contact the clearing house (through your claims agent only) the body assigned with the verification of all emergent winner. Therefore all protocols laid down by them must be followed to facilitate your claims;

CONTACT NAME: ANDREW GORDON
CITY/ COUNTRY: LONDON, ENGLAND.
TELEPHONE: +4470 4011 6937
FAX: 44-87-1715-2472
EMAIL: powerballofficer324@yahoo.com.hk

(1) Being one of the lucky winners, you constitute entrant's full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of our terms and conditions of claims to avoid any discrepancy in the cause of payment of your prize awards winning.

(2) To avoid double claims, you are advised to keep your winning details very confidential, as any discrepancies resulting from a breach of this confidentiality on the part of the winners will be covered solely by such winner as our staffs are bound by the oath of secrecy taken on employment.

Congratulations again from all our staffs and thank you for being part of our Promotions program.
Sincerely,
Margaret Ferguson
Co-coordinator.
NB: PLEASE SEE THAT YOU QUOTE YOUR REF AND BATCH NUMBERS IN YOUR
Correspondence TO YOUR CLAIMS AGENT.

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