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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: "global winners" <megaflash_58@hotmail.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 09:35:36 +0000
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!

FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/ PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT.

DEAR SIR/MADAM,

AWARD WINNIG NOTIFICATION

We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today, 26th September 2006,
of winners of the GLOBAL FLASH MEGA LOTTERY SOUTH AFRICA/INTERNATIONAL
PROGRAMS, held on 24th September 2006, as part of our promotional draws.
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from Africa, America,
Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, and New Zealand as part of our
electronic business Promotions Program. You qualified for the draw as a
result of you visiting various websites we are running the e business
promotions for.

You/Your Company, attached to ticket number 100-309-7482, with serial number
513-10 drew the lucky numbers 5, 9, 12, 29, 40, 59, 76, and consequently won
in the Second Category.

You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$1,950,000.00
in cash, which is the winning payout for Second category winners. This is
from the total prize money of US$13,650,000.00 shared among the seven
international winners in the Second category.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Your fund is now deposited with the Claim Agent insured in your name. Due to
the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award
strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your
money remitted to your account. This is part of our security protocol to
avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program.
To begin your claim, please contact our Claim Agent immediately.

MR WILFRED JAMES
DIRECTOR CLAIM DEPARTMENT,
OMEGA CROSSING PTY.
#101 WILLSON AVENUE, ROSEBANK 2193
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
TEL/FAX: +27 11 507 6238
EMAIL: claimdept2006@webmail.co.za

For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated
account of your choice. Remember, you must contact your claim agent not
later than 04 October 2006. After this date, all funds will be returned as
unclaimed.

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference and batch numbers provided below in every
one of your correspondences with your claims agent.

REFERENCE NUMBER: FLS-ZR39-825P-4, BATCH NUMBER: 74-263-BBN.

Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part
of our promotions program.

Sincerely,

THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
GLOBAL FLASH MEGA LOTTERY SOUTH AFRICA.
UNIVERSAL BUILDING, 132-133 PARK HURST,
BALFOUR-UNIT 1440 JOHANNESBURG,
GAUTENG 2001.

N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to
disqualification. Please do not reply to this mailbox. Contact your Claims
Agent through the email contact above.

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