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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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Fraud email example:

From: "lottery winner"<>
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 11:06:12 -0500 (EST)

CONTACT: MR. PHILIP PENTALOTERIJ PROMOTION &amp; PRIZE AWARD DEPTLONDON,UNITED KINGDOMOUR REF: DLINT/3306/2106/06RESULTS OF CATEGORY "A" DRAWDear Winner,Following official publication of results of the E-mail electronic online Sweepstakes organized by the united kingdom , the Slidecircuir award and the Heineken prizes in conjunction with the foundation for the promotion of software products (F.P.S.) held in london, online winning emails in the 1st category and therefore attracted a cash award of pounds.1,000,000.00 (One Million pounds).We write to officially notify you of this award and to advise you to contact the processing office immediately upon receipt of this message for more information concerning the verification, processing and eventual payment of the above prize to you. It is important to note that your award information was released with the following particulars attached to it.REF No: DEN/231-ILGI0431/06BATCH No: EAPA/15/096/TVFSDRAW No: 20511465463-7644SERIAL
No: 472-9768-98LUCKY No: 8-66-97-22-65-99Please contact this bank claim processing department to facilitate the release of your prize, you are required to mention the above particulars of your award in every correspondence addressed to the processing department.Contact: MR.PHILIP PENTA(Claim Processing Department) Tele: +447024070372Mail to: procesing_department_winning@yahoo.deThe Awards is sponsored by a consortium of software promotion companies. The Intel Group, Toshiba, Netscape mail server, Dell Computers, Dutch yahoo mail server, Virgilio mail server,Microsoft and other international companies. This internet draw is held periodically no ticket sold and is so organized to encourage the use of the internet and promote computer literacy worldwide. We are proud to say that over 20 Million pounds are won annually in more than 150 countries worldwide. Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 20 days Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications, remember to quote your reference number and batch number in all correspondence.Once again on behalf of all our staffs, CONGRATULATIONS!!!Sincerely,Mrs. Rose Allan(Loterij Promotions Coordinator)

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