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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: Urs Janz <>
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2007 02:31:52 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: scram mail

Dear Recipient,
We acknowledge the receipt of your mail.

CG Financial Services Limited, is upon agreement with TOTALIZATOR SPORTOWY LOTTO, obligated to handle all transfer matters between the lottery company and you the winner .You have been confirmed a "Zak³ady Specjalne Category Winner". Your claims file has been duly forwarded to this office with specific instructions that we shall be handling the transfer of your prize of $3,200,000 (Three million, two hundred thousand U.S dollars) to you the winner. We wish to congratulate you on your winnings; you are a lucky person to have won this lottery.

To begin your claims processing, you will be required to fill our lottery winning claims form to help facilitate the processing of your claims. You are to download; print, fill and send filled form via email attachment or fax. Please, find form attached herewith.
You are advised to forward your filled lottery claims form as soon as possible to enable us attend to your file. Also, you must keep your reference and batch number secret until your payment has been processed and your funds transferred into your account to avoid unscrupulous elements from taking advantage of the situation.
You can verify and confirm your winning numbers from the weblink below by clicking on the link or copy and paste it in your web browser:

Upon the receipt of your filled claims form, your details will be forwarded immediately to our legal deparment in regards to the preparations of vital documents necessary for the immediate transfer of your winnings to your account.

Mr. Cowley Groves.
CG Financial Services Limited.
Consort House,
16 Victoria Street, Douglas,
United Kingdom.
Alt. Email:
PHONE: +44 7031-917-950
FAX: +44 7040-900-618
This message contains confidential information and is intended only for
the individual named in the "To Column", of this e-mail. If you have
received this mail and you are not the named addressee, Please notify the sender.
The sender therefore does not accept liability for any error or
omission in the contents of this message, which arises as a result of e-mail

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