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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: "CANADIAN FREE LOTTERY DRAW 2010 WORLD CUP" <canadianlotery@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: agentsolo23@yahoo.com
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 04:13:20 +0200
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE WON CANADIAN LOTTERY

 South African Flag
 
Ms.Lisa Johnson
Canada Lottery-Soccer World Cup 2010 Promotional Draw
1550 Princess Street
Kingston, ON, Canada, K7M 9E3
  
Congratulations, you have won Canada Lottery!
Attention: Customer AFRSA680
Ref: EAAL/851OYHI/05
Batch No. Lotto 6/49

WINNING NOTIFICATION

The Canadian Government sponsors this lottery for the promotion of the 2010 Soccer World cup to be hosted in South Africa. We happily announce to you the draw of the Euro-Afro-American Sweepstake Lottery International Programs
held on the Wednesday 16TH  Aug 2006 in Essex United Kingdom and Ontario Canada. Your  Name attached to Ticket Number: B9564 75604545 100, with Serial Number 46563760 drew the winning numbers Wed Aug  16TH, 10 24 32 36 39 48
Number 21 Draw for LOTTO 6/49 under the choice of the
lottery in the 2nd category of daily three.  You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$820,000.00 (Eight Hundred and Twenty Thousand United States Dollars) in cash credited to file EAAL/9080118308/05.
This is from a total cash prize of US $11,100,000.00 Million dollars, shared amongst the first One Hundred and-thirty(130) lucky winners in this category
Worldwide.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our  Canada booklet representative office  as indicated, because this particular draw was selected to promote the 2010 World Cup to be hosted in South Africa hence your winning information must be kept to enable you
participate in our subsequent draws which will see 500 participants traveling on an all expense paid trip to South Africa for the Soccer World Cup 2010. In view of this, your US$820,000.00 (Eight Hundred and Twenty Thousand United States Dollars) would be released to you by an accredited commercial Bank in here in canada. Our  agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact our  Agent's office.MR SOLOMON ADAMS ,TEL:1613-261-6307,
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Website through computer draws system and extracted from over 10,000,00 names.  For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning
information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this
program by unscrupulous elements. Please be warned!To file for your claim, please contact our agent MR SOLOMON ADAMS at
TEL:1613-261-6307, EMAIL:agentsolo23@yahoo.com,
so that he can process your winnings  for quick and urgent release of your fund. To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your reference numbers in any correspondences with our designated agent.

Congratulations! Once more from all members and staff of this program that has ensured that you won this competition.
Thank you for being part of our Promotional Lottery
program.

Yours Sincerely,
Ms. Lisa Johnson
NOTE To confirm that you have the winning number for
the
Wed AUG 16TH,  10 24 32 36 39 48   Number 21  Draw,
 
 

confirm under lotto 6/49
                                       
                                  


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