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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: nationalagency15@netscape.net <nationalagency15@netscape.net>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2006 10:27:32 +0200
Subject: You are a Lottery winner.

FFROM: GLOBAL FINANCE HOME SWEEPTAKES LUCKY DAY ANNUAL
LOTTERY PROMOTIONS.
ADDRESS: KIKKERSTRAAT 32,1156 BL NETHERLAND

WINNING NOTIFICATION FOR CATEGORY "D" WINNER.
Dear Lucky Winner,
RE: GLOBAL FINANCE HOME SWEEPTAKES LUCKY DAY LOTTERY PRIZE AWARDS WINNING
NOTIFICATION!
We are pleased to inform you of the result of CATEGORY {D} lottery draws of Global FINANCE HOME
Sweepstakes of Lucky day international Lottery Programs held on the 20th OCT, 2006. METHOD OF
SELECTING
WINNERS: Participants were selected anonymously through online cyber ballot system Computer Ballot)
from over 35,000 companies and 70,000 individual names and e-mail addresses all over the world. At
the final
draw your e-mail address emerged as one of the winners of our last jackpot. This promotional program
takes place annually
as the year CATEGORY {D} and it is promoted and sponsored by Orient software corporation (Orient
Networks)
.It is met to reward some individuals and corporations who have devoted their time and resources surfing
the World Wide Web (www) .No tickets were sold. After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail
address
emerged as the winner in the category "D" with the following: Ref Number: 4559/377-5247/LNI Batch
Number:
36371588-LNI/2006 Ticket Number: 7746019 Draw Lucky Numbers: 821009-141 You have therefore
been approved
for a lump sum pay out of $ 1.5000.000,00 (ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDREDTHOUSAND
USD),Congratulation! Your
prize award has been insured with your e-mail address and will be transferred to you upon meeting our
requirements,
statutory obligations, Verifications, validations and satisfactory report. To begin the claim processing of
your prize winnings
, you are advised to contact our licensed and accredited claim agent for category "D" winner with the
information's below:

Contact person:
Dr Peter Jaaps
E-mail: nationalagency15@netscape.net
TEL: +31 629 593 750
FAX: +31-84-7 465 672.
NOTE: All winnings must be claimed not later than the 7th November, 2006. After this date all
unclaimed funds would be included in the next stake. Remember to quote your reference information in
all correspondence. Due to mix up of some numbers and names/programme abuse, we ask that you
keep your
winning information confidential until your claim 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.
Anybody under
the age of 18 and members of the affiliate agencies are automatically not allowed to participate in this
program. Furthermore,
should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional
program.

Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Mar yam Van Duke.
Lottery Coordinator


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