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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: annual@annualsweeptakes.orangehome.co.uk
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 17:58:38 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Contact Your Claim Agent.


Contact Your Claim Agent.
FROM: GLOBAL SWEEPTAKES MEGALOTERIA ANNUAL LOTTERY PROMOTIONS.
WINNING NOTIFICATION FOR CATEGORY "A" WINNER.
Dear Lucky Winner,
RE: GLOBAL SWEEPTAKES MEGALOTERIA PRIZE AWARDS WINNING NOTIFICATION!
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual
Final draws of global sweeptakes megaloteria Lottery Programs held on the
14th November 2006.
METHOD OF SELECTING WINNERS:
Participants were selected anonymously through online cyber ballot system
(Computer Ballot) from over 35,000 companies and 70,000 individual names
and e-mail addresses all over the world. At the final draw your e-mail
address emerged as the winner of our last jackpot.
This promotional program takes place annually as the year starts, and it is
promoted and sponsored by Orient software corporation (Orient Networks).
It is meant to reward some individuals and corporations who have devoted
their time and resources surfing the World Wide Web (www) .No tickets were
sold.
After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as the
winner in the category "A" with the following:
Ref Number: 5567/113-0078/GNL
Batch Number: 1881645-GNL/2006
Ticket Number: 9007-1809
Draw Lucky Numbers: 22100-15-007
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of
€850,000.00 (EIGHT HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND EUROS ), Congratulation!
Your prize award has been insured with your e-mail address and will be
transferred to you upon meeting our requirements, statutory obligations,
verifications, validations and satisfactory report.
To begin the claim processing of your prize winnings, you are advice to
contact our licensed and accredited claim agent for category "A" winner
with the information's below:
Mr.Albert Grissom
Director Of Operations,
Hartland Trust And Finance Agency.
117 Bijlmerplein,1104 MG, Amsterdam,The Netherlands.
Contact E-mail Address: admnfinance@aim.com
TEL: 0031 624 286 015
FAX: 0031 847 104 105
NOTE: All winnings must be claimed not later than the 30th of November
2006. After this date all unclaimed funds would be included in the next
stake. Remember to quote your reference information in all correspondence.
Due to mix up of some numbers and names/programme abuse, we ask that you
keep your winning information confidential until your claim has been
processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security
protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by
some participants.
Anybody under the age of 18 and members of the affiliate agencies are
automatically not allowed to participate in this program.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as
soon as possible.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being
part of our promotional program.
Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Maryam Van Duke.
Lottery Coordinator.


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