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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: info_freelotto@indiatimes.com
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2006 09:44:23 +0200
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!!



GBF INTERNATIONAL INC.
THE FREE LOTTO COMPANY
SA HEAD OFFICE
SUITE 23-30,LION TOWERS
CENTRAL SANDTON
JOBURG SOUTH AFRICA


Dear Winner,

My name is Mrs ROSE MFULA, and on the behalf of GBF
INTERNATIONAL/FREELOTTO COMPANY OF SOUTH AFRICA,I wish to
announce you as one of the 10 lucky winners in the
FreeLotto draw held on the 27th of Oct. 2006. All 10
winning
addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 50,000,000
international emails.Your email address emerged along side
9 others as a 2nd category winner in this year's Annual
FreeLotto Draw.

Consequently,you have therefore been approved for a total
pay out of 1,000,000 US Dollars (one million US Dollars
only).The following particulars are attached to your lotto
payment order:

(i) Winning numbers: 37-13-43-85-67-11
(ii) Email ticket number: FL754/22/76
(iii) Lotto code number: FL09622SA
(iv) The file Ref number: FL/04/736207152/SA

Please contact the underlisted claims officer as soon as
possible for the immediate release of your winnings:

MR.ALEX LUMKA
NORTHGATE CONSULTS
DEPARTMENT OF CLAIMS.
COLDHARBOUR LANE
JOBURG,SOUTH AFRICA
TEL/FAX: + 27-73 2704323
EMAIL: alex_lumka2@yahoo.ca


This email notification is auto-generated and it is valid
for four weeks.Once again on behalf of all our
staff,CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Sincerely,
Mrs ROSE MFULA

The FreeLotto Awards is proudly sponsored by the Microsoft
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international IT companies.The freelotto internet draw is
held once in a year and is so organized to encourage the
use of the internet and computers worldwide.We are proud to
say that over 200 Million Dollars are won annually in more
than 150 countries worldwide.

We also encourage you to visit various website online and
take your chance to become part of our daily winners.
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