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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: "Eppw Lotto International" <europw1lottery@walla.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2006 08:03:29 +0600
Subject: AWARD NOTIFICATION FINAL NOTICE!!!

FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONAL LOTTERY COORDINATOR,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/ PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT.
7TH FLOOR, SUNLEY HOUSE OXFORD ROAD,
AYLESBURY BUCKS HP12 6EX LONDON.
CONGRATULATION!!!

Ref. Number: J53/115/076/23RT
Batch Number: 927/420-UK47

Dear Winner,

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners
International programs held on the 10th October, 2006. Your e-mail
address attached to ticket number 179547-0047 with serial number A001490
drew lucky numbers 1-05-37-UK, which consequently won
in the 1st category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay
out of 1,500,000.00 Euros (One Million Five Hundred Thousand
Euros) Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your
winning information confidential until your claims has been
processed and your money Remitted to you.

This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this
program by some participants. You will need to have your identification
documents and claims form notarized by the fiduciary
agent (below) before a magistrate or notary public in The United Kingdom.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn
from over 10,000,000 companies and 30,000,000 individual email addresses
and names from all over the world, names from Australia, New
Zealand, America, Europe, North America, Middle East, Africa and Asia as
part of International Promotions Program.

This promotional program takes place once a year, This lottery is promoted
by the software and internet giant corporations to compensate some few
individuals with
website and email addresses, we hope with part of your winning you will
take part in our next year EUR10 million international lottery.
Please note that your lucky winning numbers falls within our European
booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play
coupon to file in for your claims, please contact the company processing
officer.

MR. John Walker,
Claims Processing Manager
Eppw One International Program
Tel: +44 778 570 5211
Fax: +44-871 715 8420
Email: europwlottery@walla.com
www.europw.com

Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and Complications please
remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all
correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do Inform our agent as
soon as possible. Congratulations once more from our members of staff for
being part of our promotional program.

Sincerely yours,
Mrs. Mira Steward Wood.
Lottery Coordinator
Eppw One International Program.


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