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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: "MKresoft Intl Limited." <>
Date: Sat, 06 Jan 2007 11:45:00 +1000
Subject: Internet Sweeptake Award Winning 2007.

New Year Bonanza
Internet Sweepstake.
Kresoft Intl Limited.
Hovestraag Centrum,
7721BV Cayman.
Your Ref: Number: SHLNL432/885/RRS
Your Batch Number: GKN8901137-ADB7

Date: 3rd January 2007.

Attn: Sir/ Madam.
We are pleased to inform you of the result of The Lottery Winners
International programs held on the 4th of December 2006. Your e-mail address
was attached to ticket number 7775114-6410 with Serial No: 223155-06 drew
lucky numbers 7-14-78-23-27-47 which consequently won in the 1st category,
you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of Euro 1,000,000.00
(One Million Euro).

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning
information confidential until your claims 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 and
non-participants. All participants where 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 drawn from Europe. America ,
Asia, Australia , New Zealand , Middle-East, parts of Africa and North and
South America . We hope with part of your winning you will take part in our
next year 50 million international lottery.
To file for your claim, please contact your claim agent with the contact
information below:

Director of Operation
Mr. Jacob Pinas
Globe Trust Services BV.
The Netherlands .
Tel: 0031-616-743-277
Fax: 0031-847-550-927

Please Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 22nd of January
2007. After this date, all unclaimed funds will be included in the next
stake. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications
please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all
correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform
your agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being
part of our promotional program. Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is
automatically disqualified.

Sincerely yours,
Anna Markus (Mrs).
Lottery Coordinator.

Note: In accordance with the Kresoft policy and regulations, this message
is dispatched directly to the recipient only. If you are not the rightful
owner of this email address or feel that you have received this message by
error, we advice you destroy this copy as you are not authorized to read,
print, retain or disseminate any part of it.
Copyright ©
1991-2006 Kresoft International.

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