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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: "lottery board" <board_sa5@hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2007 14:00:55 +0200
Subject: SOUTH AFRICAN 2010 WORLD CUP LOTTERY AWARD.

 
                  LOTTERY AWARD PROMOTIONALPROGRAMME 
                          
FROM NATIONAL LOTTERY AGENT
SOUTH AFRICAN 2010 WORLD CUP LOTTERY AWARD.
LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS: 31, BRITON COURT,
KEMPSTON PARK, JHB.
BATCH: (13/26/DC36.)
FROM: SA NATIONAL LOTTERY
TICKET NUMBER: 74454774
SERIAL NUMBER: 144-66584
BATCH NUMBER: BT-4478474121P
                        
                            
                                                     DRAWS NUMBERS:
                                              AWARD FINAL NOTIFICATION:
 

We are pleased to inform you of the release, of the long awaited results of the South African 2010 World cup Bid award INTERNANTIONAL LOTTERY PROMOTION held in Zurich, Switzerland on the 30 JENNUARY 2007.You were entered as dependent clients with: Reference SERIAL NUMBER: 144-66584 and Batch number BT-4478474121P.
Your email address attached to the ticket number: 74454774  that drew the lucky winning number, which consequently won the sweepstake in the first category,in four parts. You have been approved for a payment of  $500.000 Dollars  ( Five hundred thousand United States Dollars )in cash credited to file reference number:IPL/4249859609/WP1.This is from a total cash prize of five million Dollars shared among the ten international winners in first categories.
 
                   AWARD FINAL NOTIFICATION

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 50,000 (Fifty thousand) names of email users around the world, as part of our international promotion program. Due to mixed up of some names and addresses, we ask that you keep this award personal, till your claims has been processed and your  funds remitted to you. This is part of our security measures to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of the situation by other participants or impersonators, You are therefore directed to contact our bank manager immediately on receipt of this massage for quickened and urgent release of your wining fund. His contact
information is as follows:
 
NAME: Mr Vansterdan

TEL:  +27738080872

He is  your agent, and responsible for the processing and transfer of your winnings to you. YOUR SECURITY FILE NUMBER IS Z-90237-Y67/U4 (keep personal) Remember, your winning must be claimed not later than  (1 MONTH) From the date of acknowledgement receipt. Failure to claim your fund will be added to the next 10 Million Dollars lottery promotion. Furthermore, should there be any change in your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible. Once again, Congratulations.

Yours Sincerely,
 
MR PETER SMITH

 

Nelson Mandela 

Congratulations from the Staff & Members of the 
       National Lottery Board Commission                             
 
 
 
Savery, Aldwin                                  Abraham, Vicki
Mr James Nkomo                     Mr. Rudolf P. Markhams             Mrs. Rosemary Moyo 
  (Zonal Co-ordinator Sec.)      (Zonal Co-ordinator)                   (Board Member)            
You must be 16 or over to play or claim a prize
Copyright 1994-2006 The National Lottery Inc. 
All rights reserved. Terms of Service - Guideline
 
 
100860 8556 2548 9576ZA
   


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