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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: (Mr. Jimmy Frank)
Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2007 11:50:00 +0000
Subject: POWERBALL LOTTO - Wheel Email-Games 2007(Contact Claims Agent)

POWERBALL LOTTO - Wheel Email-Games 2007,

Ref Nr: PBL/CN/6654/CP

Dear Prize Winner,


Europe/America private international e-games organizers and co-sponsors,
POWERBALL LOTTO Group International, officially bring to your notice of the
final draw result of the 15th March, 2007 POWERBALL LOTTO -wheel E-game which
was conducted at our international corporate office complex in The UNITED

Most recently this foundation set up the NEW LOTTERY SCHEME to give out prizes
based on COMPUTER BALLOT SYSTEM. By doing this the foundation seek to
encourage the use of Internet for academic and business pursuits. Its major
aim is to promote music, theater art, literature, projects in the social and
political arena with a focus on health, science, research, and higher

We wish to congratulate and inform you on the selection of your email coupon
number which was selected among the 6 lucky prize winners Your email ID
identified with coupon No.PBL2463974321 and was selected by our E-games Random
Selection System (ERSS) with entries from over 50,000 different email
addresses enrolled for the E-game. Your email ID was among the over 50,000
different email addresses submitted by our partner international email
provider companies. You have therefore won a cash prize of £ 2,910,000 GB
Pounds (Two Million, Nine Hundred and Ten Thousand Great British Pounds
Sterlings) only.

The POWERBALL LOTTO Group. BV, have approved a payout of your cash prize which
will be remunerated directly to you by an official Payment Agency. Our DUE
PROCESS UNIT (DPU) will render to you, complete assistance and provide
additional information and processes which will enable a hitch-free collection
of your funds.

Kindly contact the underlisted for further assistance and directives to
claiming you funds:

Mr. Robert Scharfs (Due Process Unit)
Powerball House, 23 Broodford street, Manchester L70 1NL
Tel: +44-701-14219425,+44-701-14219332

Once again congratulations from all our staff on your prize winning, we hope
you will take part in our forthcoming POWERBALL LOTTO -wheel Email-games.

Mr. Jimmy Frank.
(Group Coordinator)

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