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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: "FALSH FORTUNE LOTTERY SOUTH AFRICA" <fflsa67@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 09:01:47 +0000
Subject: NOTIFICATION OF YOUR WINNING

FLASH FORTUNE  LOTTERY    
YOU ARE THE WINNER OF THE
COMPUTER PROMOTIONAL DRAW
 
THIS MESSAGE IS  FROM  THE PROMOTION MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
 
FLASH FORTUNE LOTTERY DRAW
 
YOU HAVE WON ON THE COMPUTER BALLOT,
 
 THE SUM OF US$ 750,000,00
 
PLEASE CONTACT
 
DR. MORGAN MOKENA
 
YOUR CLAIM AGENT.
 
FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE PAYMENT
 
ON PHONE NO. + 27 79-1613666,
 
(GLOBAL MEGA LOTTERY)
 
PRIZE AWARD NOTIFICATION
 
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made on 26-09-2006, of winners of the FLASH FORTUNE LOTTO INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS, as part of our promotional draws.
 
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from  email addresses of individuals and companies from all part of the world as part of our electronic business Promotions Program.
 
Note that your email address qualified for the draw, as a result of your visiting various websites we are running the e-business promotions for. You/Your Company email address, attached to ticket number 100-309-7482, with serial number 513-10 drew the lucky numbers  6-9-12-39-30-45-66  and Bonus number 17 and consequently YOU HAVE won in the Second Category.
 
Your winning Ticket is Number. 100-309-7482
Your Serial Number. 513-10
Your lucky draw Numbers are. 6-9-12-39-30-45-66 Bonus Number 17 ,
Your INSURANCE Number: FLS433/453L/GMSA
 
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$750,000.00 in cash, which is the winning payout for Second category winners. This is from the total prize money of US$12,000.000.00 shared among the Seven international winners in the Second category. CONGRATULATIONS!
 
Please be informed that your CHEQUE of the sum of US$750,000.00 is now  with Omega Crossing Finance and Security Company insured with your email address which won you this prize, therefore you should contact (OMEGA CROSSING SA) your agent and give them your full names so that they will re-insure your CHEQUE under your full names.
 
Please note that OMEGA CROSSING your paying agent, will invite you to their office in Johannesburg South Africa for your immediate payment, you have to hurry up and contact them immediately. To begin your claim, please call your claim Dr. Morgan Mokena or Email him. 
 

FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
OMEGA CROSSING SA. 
UNIVRSAL BUILDING 123-133 PARK HURST 
BALFOUR PARK UNIT  1440 
JOHANNESBURG 2001 GAUTENG
SOUTH AFRICA
TEL:27-79-161366
FAX: 27-11-5076950
EMAIL:
 
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers and other information provided above and below in every one of your correspondences with your claims agent.
 
REFERENCE NUMBER: GML-S343-KKT-8811
BATCH NUMBER: 56T-DTH78-SAR99
 
 
FLASH FORTUNE LOTTO PROGRAM IS A BONUS FOR THE WHOLE WORLD FOR THE 2010 SOCCER WORLD
Congratulations'' once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.
 
Sincerely,
MR. HENRY ROBERTSON
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
FLASH FORTUNE LOTTERY. 
25 RICHARDS RYLAAN 
AUCKLAND PARK, 0083.
POBOX. 524 AUCKLAND PARK. 
JOHNANNESBURG 2001 SOUTH AFRICA.
 
FLASH FORTUNE LOTTERY SA
GOES INTERNATIONAL
AS THE 2010
WORLD CUP
WILL BE HOSTED BY
SOUTH AFRICA
 
THIS PROGRAM IS SPONSURED BY: SOUTH AFRICAN LOTTO AUTHORITY. AND SUPPORTED BY: (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) FIFA SUPPORT


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