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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: "dennis kelly" <denniskellyw@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2006 20:53:06 +0000
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
OPAP SA.UNITED KINGDOM
AFFILIATES OF HELLENIC LOTTERY ORGANISATION (GREECE).
25 KING STREET, ST JAMES'S, LONDON, SW1Y 6QY UNITED KINGDOM.
WWW.OPAP.GR

Sir/Madam,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Opapsa Global
Software Lotto Winners International programs held on the 9th of
November,
2006. Your e-mail address attached to Lottery No:008-115-627-609 with
Serial No 323-509-992GLH drew US$550,000.00 which was first in the 2nd
class of the draws. You are to receive US$550,000.00(Five Hundred And
Fifty united Dollars Only).

Please be informed that because of mix up in cash pay-outs, we ask you
to keep your winning information confidential until your fund
(US$550,000.00) has been
fully remitted to you by our accredited pay-point bank. 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 Opap sa Global Software
Group.We congratulates you once again. We hope you will use part of it
in our next draws; the jackpot winning is US$20 million.
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 with us.

Congratulations once again from all members of the Opapsa Global
Software 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)State amount won.
(iii)Contact Address
(iv)Your winning numbers
(v)Contact telephones and fax numbers

Contact person:Mr. Dennis Kelly (International Processing Department).
Email:opapsa@maktoob .com
Tel: (+44)-702-408-1078
Fax: (44)-703-182-2382

Congratulations once again.
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Betty Anderson
(Lottery Coordinator).
NB:CLAIM YOUR PRIZE THROUGH THIS EMAIL ADDRESSES:
opapsa@maktoob.com
.com

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