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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:

Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2006 05:57:54 -0800
Subject: Congratulations

Euro Afro American Lottery promotion Switzerland


We happily announce to you the draw of South African 2010 World cup
Bid lottery Award International programs held in Zurich, Switzerland.

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:B966575604546199 with!
Serial number 97560 drew the winning:60/84/27/17/36,which subsequently
won you the lottery award in the 2nd category.

Your name has therefore been approved to claim a total sum of
US$6,000.000.00 (Six million United States Dollars) in cash credited to
file number KPC/9030108308/03.

This is from a total cash prize of $18,000,000.00 (Eighteen million
United States dollars) shared among the first Three lucky winners in
this category worldwide.

Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our lottery
booklet representative office in South Africa as indicated in the play
coupon. In view of this, your $6,000.000 (Six Million United States
Dollars) will be released to you through the assistance of our Claim
Agent. He will immediately commence the process to facilitate the
release of your Prize to you as soon as you contact him.

All participants were selected randomly from Worldwide Website through
Computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000,00 companies and
Individual email addresses. The lottery program took place to promote
South Africa's 2010 world cup award.

Please you are advised to file for your claim through our Claim Agent
Mr.Jones Kladd immediately you receive this mail.
Phone: 27 764665363.


Yours Sincerely,

Gillian Kennedy.
Promotions Manager
2010 World Cup Bid.

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