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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: "janevanroy@yahoo.co.uk" <janevanroy@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2006 09:35:37 -0400
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS

AS INSTRUCTED
YOUR PROMPT RESPONSE IS HIGHLY APPRECIATED



FROM: THE DIRECTOR
POSHWEG LOTERIJ AGENCY.
REF:EL3/9318/006
BATCH:66/7641/EL.


We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners
International programs held on the
29/10/2006Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:EL-23133 with
serial number: EL-123542,batch number:
EL-35,lottery ref number: EL-9318 and drew lucky numbers 7-1-8-36-4-22
which consequently won in the 1st
category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of
US$2,500,000.00 (Two Million, Five Hundred
Thousand United States dollars).

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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 and unwarranted abuse
of this program by someparticipants.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
over 40,000 company and
20,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world.


This promotional program takes place every year.This program is sponsored
by CFI Networks to
compensate faithful internet suffers around the globe.Congratulations for
becoming one of the
few lucky winners.With your permission,your e-mail will also be included in
the next sweepstake of 10Million. .
To file for your claim, please contact our Accredited agent:

Contact Person:
Mr. PETER YAN
Tel: +31- 623495499
Fax: +31-84-727-2643
Email:yan@yanpeter.orangehome.co.uk
Email:yanpeter@myway.com


Remember, all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.

You must claim your prize: 2,500,000.00 not later than 20-days from the
moment you receive this e-mail.
In order to avoid unnecessary delays 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 and thank you for being
part of our promotional program.

Note:Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Jane Van Roy,
(promotion manager





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