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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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Fraud email example:

From: tony dube <>
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2006 19:57:45 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Barr. Tony Dube Euro Afro Lottery Agent

Tony Dube & Associates Euro Afro Lottery Rep
Solicitors, Conveyancers & Notary Public
Tele:+ 27 73 445 2403

Dear Leanne,

Thanks for contacting Barr. Tony Dube Associates lottery agent.As you suppose to have been made to understand this is Euro-Afro-American Sweepstake Lottery International.This is a legitimate company and these organisation has been existing for the past twelve years now and has been conducting this draws Anually.Your e-mail address was among the lucky winners of the 2nd Category of the draws this year.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$820,000.00 (Eighty Hundred and Twenty Thousand United States Dollars) in cash credited to file KPC/9080118308/02.This is from a total cash prize of US $1100,000,00 Million dollars, shared among the first One Hundred and thirty (130)lucky winners in this category world-wide.

I write to inform you that we have also received your information regarding your winning notification from our head office Euro-Afro Lottery Company UK. As you are one of the luck winners in this Category.

Regards to the claim of your fund, I therefore request you as a matter of urgency to furnish me with the following information which will help me to file an application of claim to the bank for the immediate approval transfer of your claim.

1. Your Names in full,
2. Send to me the letter you received from the lottery company with your winning/ reference numbers.
3. Your personal tel/fax numbers,
4. Your residential Address
5. Your Occupation
6. Your Date of Birth

As soon as all the requested details are received, I will therefore write a letter of claim on your behalf and submit it to the FNB Bank for approval release of your winning fund. And once this is done the bank will contact you for verification.

Finally, call me for more advice and clarification


Barr. Tony Dube . (Esq.)
For.Barr. Tony Dube Euro Afro Lottery Agent

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