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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: S/African Lotto Commission <utulosa@sify.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 22:55:16 -0700
Subject: Congratulations! You have won


THIS PROGRAM IS SPONSORED BY: VODAPHONE/SOUTH AFRICAN LOTTO AUTHORITY.
AND SUPPORTED BY :( SOUTH AFRICA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION IN VIEW OF SOUTH
AFRICA FIFA 2010 WORLD CUP)



South African 2010 World cup lottery online 2006 Lottery



CONGRATULATIONS FOR YOUR WINNING:

We happily announce to you the draw of South African 2010 World cup Bid
lottery Award International programs held in PRETORIA SOUTH AFRICA.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: (B9665 75604546 199)
with Serial number (97560) Drew the winning NO: (6/8/27/10/19/30/42),
and Insurance number (KISCS433/2010SNLP/2006) which subsequently won you the lottery award in the 2nd category.

Your name has therefore been approved to claim a total sum of
US$2,000,000.00 (Two million United States Dollars) in cash credited to
file Number (KPC/9030108308/03). This is from a total cash prize of US
($400,000,000.00) shared among the first 200 Hundred and lucky winners
in this category world-wide.

Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our lottery
booklet representative office in South Africa as indicate in the play
coupon. In view of this, your($2,000,000.00) (Two Million United
States Dollars) would be released to you by our paying agent (UNIVERSAL
TRUST UNION) to facilitate the release of your Award Prize you are
advice to contact the Claims Department, (UNIVERSAL TRUST UNION) E-MAIL
(sa-fifa-worldcup2010@africamail.com)

All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web-site
through computer draw system and extracted from over (100, 000, 00)
companies and individual emails address. The lottery program took place
to promote South Africa (2010 world cup award).

For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information
confidential till your claims are processed and your money remitted to
you. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming
and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements

(Please be warned)

CONGRATULATIONS! For security reasons and accurate payout of the
winning prize, be informed that your winning prize of US$2,000, 000.00
is deposited with our finance firm (UNIVERSAL TRUST UNION SOUTH AFRICA
with your email address, which won you this prize. I will advise you to
please forward your claim of the prize directly to UTU SA. Please keep
the details in this mail strictly to yourself until your claim has been
processed to avoid someone else claiming your prize. To start processing your claim, please contact UTU SA immediately with this reference Batch Number:(13/26/DC36.)

MR TONY SIBONGA (CLAIM MANAGER)

UTU SOUTH AFRICA
P.O.BOX 10452
JOHANNESBURG 2001
SOUTH AFRICA
E-MAIL (award-claims@winning.com)


NB: Prize won must be claim not later than 4 weeks from the day of
receipt of this notice. Prize not claim will be returned as unclaimed.
Do not reply to this message and under the age of 18 is not qualify for
this promotion; contact Universal Trust Union SA to claim your prize.
THIS LOTTERY PROGRAM IS A BONUS FOR THE WHOLE WORLD FOR THE PROMOTION OF SOUTH
AFRICA FIFA WORLD CUP 2010

Congratulations.
Sincerely,

Alex Zuma

Promotion Department
SAFA
Johannesburg,
South Africa.
THIS PROGRAM IS SPONSURED BY: SOUTH AFRICAN LOTTO AUTHORITY. AND
SUPPORTED BY: (SOUTH AFRICAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION IN VIEW OF SOUTH
AFRICAN FIFA WORLD CUP 2010

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