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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:

Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2007 00:38:07 +0000
Subject: Notification of your lottery winning

Attn Winner,

We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer
held on the 13th April, 2007. This is a Millennium Scientific Computer Game
in which email addresses were used. It is a promotional program aimed
at encouraging internet users; therefore you do not need to buy ticket to
enter for it.
You/Your Company e-mail Address attached with Ref #: L/200-26937 and
Batch: 2007MJL-01 with serial number 000-15drew The lucky numbers
and consequently won in the First quarter of the 2007 year draw.

You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of £2,500,000(Two
Million Five Hundred Thousand British Pounds Sterling) in cash, which is the
winning payout for First category winners. This is from the total prize
money of £66,500,000.00 shared among the seven winners in the First
category.To file for your claim, please contact our claims agent below;

Mr.Michael James
Manager Brokerage Service
Crystal Trust Holdings Ltd
TEL: +44-703-191-2426

For due processing and remittance of your prize money,Remember you must
contact your claim
agent not later than two weeks After this date,otherwise,all funds will be
returned as Unclaimed.
Please contact your claims manager and provide him with the requested
information below so that he can Expedite the processing of your claims.

1.Full Name:
2.Full Address:
3.Marital Status:
8.Country Of Residence:
9.Telephone/Fax Number:
10:Your winning Batch and Reference Numbers:

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your Reference and Batch numbers in every one of your
correspondences with your agent. Furthermore you are seriously advised to
keep all winning lottery information and numbers from the public in
line with our company security protocol to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by unscrupulous individuals. Again, should
there be any
change in your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.

Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this program.

Mrs. Natasha Washington
Awards Manager,

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