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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: "jane munk" <mrsmunk43@hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 08:22:35 -0800
Subject: congratulation


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Anti-fraud resources:

 

 

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AUSTRALIA LOTTO LOTTERY INC.
WINNER NO:
 
ELECTRONIC MAIL AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION
AWARD PRESENTATION CENTER:AUSTRALIA
DATE:4/11/2006.   = ;            =             &= nbsp;           &n= bsp;           &nb= sp;           &nbs= p;            = ;            =        Ref: 575061725
Batch: 8056490902/188Winning no: KB8701/LPRC

CONGRATULA= TIONS ...............................

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are= delighted to inform you of your prize release on the 17 thNovember 2006&= nbsp;from the Australian International
Lottery programme.

Which is fully b= ased on an electronic selection of winners using their e-mail addresses ,= your name was attached to ticket number 575061725  8056490902 seria= l number 6741137002 batch number 8056490902/188
.


This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows 4-13-33-37-42bonus number 17, which consequently won the lott= ery in the second category.

You hereby= have been approved a lump sum of US $1,500,000.00(DOLLARS) in cash credit file ref ILP/HW 475= 09/02 from the total cash prize of US $15,000,000.00 (DOLLARS)
 shared amongst te= n lucky winners in this category.

All partic= ipant were selected through a computer balloting system drawn from Nine h= undred thousand E-mail addresses from canada,Australia, United state,Euro= pe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our international pro= motions program which is conducted annually.
=

This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by conglomora= te of some multinational companies as part of their social responsibility= to the citizens in the communitties where they have operational base.

We hope with p= art of your prize, you will participate in our end of year  high sta= kes for US$1.3 Billion international draw.

HOW TO CLA= IM YOUR PRIZE,
Simply contact our fiducial agent,
=
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MRS VERO = JOSHUA  at
vero_joshua@yahoo.com
 
to file for yo= ur claim .
 
Please quote y= our reference, batch and winning number which can be found on the top lef= t corner of this notification as well as your full name, address and= telephone number as to help us locate your file easily.

For securi= ty reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information confidential f= rom the public until your claim is processed and your prize released to y= ou.

This is pa= rt of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted taki= ng advantage of this of this programme by non-participant or unofficial p= ersonnel.

Note, all = winnings MUST be claimed on or before the  16thth  decembe= r2006.

Otherwise = all funds will be returned as Unclaimed and eventually donate to charity = . 

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Congratulation= s, once more from the entire Management and Staff of AUSTRALIA L.LOTTERY Cooperation to all = our  lucky winners this year. Thank you for being p= art of this promotional lottery program.

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=
Yours Sincerel= y,
  &n= bsp;
Mrs  munk (co-ordinator).
PLEASE DO NOT REPLY= TO THIS EMAIL.CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS AGENT:
ANY BREACH OF = CONFIDENTIALITY ON THE PART OF THE WINNERS WILL RESULT TO DISQUALIFICATIO= N.
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THANKS:
MANAGEMENT, AUSTRALI= A LOTTO LOTTERY INC.

  &nbs= p;   Past winners round the worl= d with full of excitment
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LOTTERY SPONSORS: CHIEF SPONSORS;
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MICROSOFT CORPORATION UK, &nb= sp;            MIC= ROSOFTCORPORATION AFRICA,
MICROSOFT CORPORATION USA, MI= CROSOFTCORPORATION ASIA.
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