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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: CLAIMS AGENT <claimsunitdesk1@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 19:37:26 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: WINNING DETAILS


The International Lottery
The Marina Offices, St Peters Yacht Basin,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1HX
England.
19th December 2006

Dear Winner,

Congratulations once again from all the staff here. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 8390281 with serial number 3422/06 drew lucky numbers 03-11-13-18-26-31 (bonus no.35), which consequently won in the 2ND category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of £118,704
(One Hundred and Eighteen Thousand Seven Hundred and Four pounds sterling).This is from a total cash prize of £1,305,744 shared amongst the (11) lucky winners in this category
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims have been fully processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid multiple claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by someparticipants. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 company and 30,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place every five years.This lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational companies in Europe as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have operational base. We hope with part of your winnings you will take part in our next year Ten million pounds international lottery.

Attached here is a copy of our verifications form, please fill accordingly so as to proceed with your winnings. Once again congratulations from all the staff

VERIFICATION AND CLEARANCE FORM

1.FULL NAMES:______________________________________________________________

COMPANY NAME (IF APPLICABLE): _____________________________________

2.ADDRESS: ________________________________________________________

3.SEX: ___________________________

4.AGE:__________________

5.MARITAL STATUS : ____________________

6.OCCUPATION __________________________________________________

7.E-MAIL ADDRESS: ___________________________________________

8.TELEPHONE NUMBER(S):__________________________________ FAX: ________________________

9.DATE OF
BIRTH: _____________________________________________________


10.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF COMPANY/INDIVIDUAL: _________________________________

11. COUNTRY: ________________________________________________________________


Submitted Form will be manually verified and processed by the assigned Lottery Processing Unit . The Processing of your form will be completed within the shortest possible time of receiving your VERIFICATION AND CLEARANCE FORM. You will receive an update on the status of your verification form if it was accepted or denied.

NOTE: THIS VERIFICATION FORM SHOULD BE COMPLETELY FILLED OUT AND E- MAILED BACK TO ME WITHIN 72HOURS OF RECEIPT OF THIS FORM.
Once again congratulations.

Yours truly,

Mr Adams Martins

Tel:+447031902401


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