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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: Sophie Pamela Joachim <sophie@sophiepamelajoachim9.orangehome.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2006 12:03:26 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS HAVE WON!!!


YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS HAVE WON!!!
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONAL LOTTERY COORDINATOR,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/ PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT.
KROPAAR STRAAT 34, 1032LA,
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Ref. Number: T9Q/102/131/0035
Batch Number: 097/310-XL11
Dear winner,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners International programs held on the 21st October 2006,Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 1942896-9032 with drew lucky numbers 11-0-17-31-60- 75-9 which which consequently won in the 1st category,
Therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 1,500,000.00 Euros (One Million Five Hundred Thousand Euros).

This is from a total cash prize of 3 Million Euros,shared amongst the First Three lucky winners in this
category.All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw
system and extracted from over 25,000 companies email addresses and 30,000,000 Individual email
addresses from Australia, New Zealand, America,Europe,North America and Asia as part of
International Promotions Program.Europe Klassenlotterie wish to be grateful to sponsors
who made this year's program a reality (Sponsors//www.25peaces.at)
Revenue for this programme is derived from the financing from major multinational firms cut across
the European community. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Netherlands
booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon.
In view of this,your One Million Five Hundred Thousand Euros)
would be released to you by our payment office in Europe. Our Netherlands agent will immediately commence the
process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you
contact him.For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till
your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.
This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of
this program by some unscrupulous elements.Please be warned To filefor your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:

000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
Mr. Wilma Bekkamp,
Claims processing manager
EUROPW LOTTO PLUS
Email:europwwlotto13@netscape.net
Tel: +31-620-874-030
Fax: +31-847-228-185
000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
0000
Immediately to process your winning which will not take more than 10 working days from today.
Congratulations once more,Rebecca Folly Info. Dir.11 NB:Kindly indicate your Ticket No in your reply.

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Sophie Pamela Joachim.
Lottery Coordinator
Europw Lottery Program.

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