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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: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 13:48:23 +0000

From: The Desk Of the Promotions Manager,
NUEVO-ORO LOTTO: Prize Awards Department

Dear Sir/ Madam,

We gladly wish to inform you of the draws of the Nuevo Oro Lotto in
conjunction with the National Organizing Committee of the 2006 FIFA
World Cup held on the 29TH of Octo 2006 in Munich Germany. You along
with 187 others were selected winners under draws 6+J in our monthly program
which will feature as run up to the games next year when you will be due for
the final Grand draw. However your e-mail address attached to ticket number
508-7895-4456-224 with serial numbers 5223-54 drew the lucky numbers
16-43-85-33-15-73 and consequently won the lottery in the 5th category.

Please be informed that all participants in this lottery program have been
selected randomly through a computer ballot system drawn from over 500,000
companies and 50,000,000 individual e-mail addresses. This Lottery is
Organized by the host country in collaboration with FIFA.
Funds for the draws have been contributed by the major sponsors of the games
which include adidas,Hyundai,FujiFilm,MasterCard,Gillette,Cocacola,Emirates
Continental,Toshiba,Mcdonalds and a host of others. Due to the computer mix
up of some numbers and email contacts, we ask that you keep this award
strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your
money remitted. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double
claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program.

Also find all other relevant winning lottery Information below:
Ref No: FL/668530092
Batch No:45301/14/FIFA06/FL
Zonal Draw No: IMSA2-040
Grand Draw No: 14219

You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of Two Million Euros
(EUROS 2,000,000) in cash credited to file No:LP/26510460037/02.

To file for your claims contact your claims agent on the information
below Mr Peter Martins
Email: PETERMARTINSCHAM@NETSCAPE.NET <javascript:parent.ComposeTo(%22PETERMARTINSCHAM%40NETSCAPE.NET%22,%20%22%22);>

For all our international winners the value of the amount comes to
($2.415,153.30 USD) Two Million Four hundred and fifteen thousand, One
hundred and Fifty Three United States Dollars and Thirty cents.

For due processing and remittance of your prize money, remember that you
must contact your claim on or before End of November 2006. After this date,
all funds will be returned as unclaimed.

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to Quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your
correspondences. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do
inform your claims agent as soon as possible.

Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our
Promotions program.

Mrs Maria Daniels
Lottery Coordinator

To file for your claims contact your claims agent on the information
Email: PETERMARTINSCHAM@NETSCAPE.NET <javascript:parent.ComposeTo(%22PETERMARTINSCHAM%40NETSCAPE.NET%22,%20%22%22);>
N.B. You are automatically disqualified if you are below 18 years of


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