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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: pamela bricks <>
Date: Tue, 7 Nov 2006 19:35:46 +0100 (CET)
Subject: TICKET NO: 17940128111

TICKET NO: 17940128111
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Easydraw
Lotto Winners International programs held on
the 7th of November, 2006. Your e-mail address attached to
ticket No: 17940128111 with prize No 1581015/HL drew
700,000.00 which was first in the 2nd class of the
draws. You are to receive 700,000.00(Seven Hundred
Thousand Euros).
Please be informed that due to mix up in cash
pay-outs, we ask you to keep your winning information
confidential until your fund (700,000.00) has been
fully remited to you by our accredited pay-pointbank.
This measure must be adhered to in order to
avoid the loss of your cash prizes, Prize-winners of
our cash prizes are advised to adhere to these
instructions to forestall the abuse of this program by
other participants.
It's important to note that this draws were conducted
formally, and winners are selected through an internet
ballot system from 74,000 individual and companies
e-mail addresses, hence, the draws are conducted
around the world through our internet based
ballot system.
The promotion is sponsored and promoted by EasydrawLotto
We congratulate you once again. We hope you will
use part of it in our next draws; the jackpot winning
is 20million euro. Remember, all winning must be claimed
not later than 25 days of this draw. After this date
all unclaimed cash prize will be forfeited and
included in the next sweepstake. Please, in order to
avoid unnecessary delays and complications remember to
quote your winning numbers in all correspondence withus.
Congratulations once again from all members of
Easydraw Lotto. Thank you for being part of our
promotional program. For immediate release of your
cash prize to you,please kindly contact our processing
Department with the following information for onward
forwarding to the paying Bank:
(i)Your names,
(ii)Amount won.
(iii)Contact Address
(iv)Your winning numbers
(v)Contact telephones and
fax numbers
Contact :Mr. Alex Yoanis of premium security
company (International Processing Department).
Congratulations once again.
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs.joan brown
(Lottery Coordinator).

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