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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: "umthingo_1 umthingo_1" <umthingozz_01@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 May 2006 12:01:48 +0000
Subject: Congratulations

                                                  Coat of arms of South Africa
                           FROM THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS  MANAGER,
              SOUTH AFRICA BONO INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROMOTIONS 
                                             AWARD DEPARTMENT
 
 
 
 
 
P O Box 1010,
NO:43 SANTON CRECENT NORTON
JOHANNESSBURG/SOUTH/AFRICA.
BRANCH (Customer Services)
Ref: FER/4690/6103/24
Batch:245-379-482
Winning No:701/RMD123
                                              
                                                          WINNING NOTIFICATION
 
                                               
Attn: We happily announce to you the draw of the Bono Lottery International Program held on the 20th of MAY. 2006. Your name "email address" was attached to ticket number; 12324277 serial number 6663817262 This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows 2-9-22-23-24-30 bonus number 5, which consequently won the lottery in the second category.

You hereby have been approved lump sum pay of $1,800,000.00 (ONE MILLION EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS) file Ref: FER/8309/1209/26 from the total cash prize of 18,000,000.00 shared amongst ten lucky winners based on their category.

All participants "email address" were selected through a computer balloting system drawn from Nine hundred thousand names from Canada,Australia,UnitedStates,Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceanic as part of our international promotions program which is conducted annually.

This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by some multinational companies , and some other EU governmental personalities part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have operational base.To process your claims you are hereby advice to contact the The promotions Manager with this information:

NAME:......................................
ADDRESS:................................
NATIONALITY:...........................
SEX:MALE................................
AGE:......................................
PHONE/MOBILE:...................
FAX:......................................
OCCUPATION:.....................
COMPANY:...............................
BATCH/WINNING NUMNBER:

CONTACT PROMOTION MANAGER 
MR.JOHNSON WILLIAMS
TEL:+27 73 620 6163
Email:owen_douglas03@yahoo.com

For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize released to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid dual claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this program by non-participant or unofficial personnel.Note.

Congratulations once again on your winnings!!!

Best Regards
MARIA STEPHENS
Co-coordinator
SOUTH AFRICA INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS.
        
 
    
You must be 16 or over to play or claim a prize
Copyright 1994-2006 The South Africa 
All rights reserved. Terms of Service - Guideline
                              Coat of arms of South Africa


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