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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: "Notification Office" <>
Date: Wed, 02 May 2007 01:32:09 -0100
Subject: Call Now For Confirmation.


We are pleased to inform you that one of the best things that can happen to
any Internet user is to be rewarded for spending money
and time on the Internet. You may not have known that over one hundred
billion people daily surf the Internet on regular basis for one
reason or the other.

These Internet users all over the world including you, pay access fees to
various Internet Service Providers (ISP) that in turn remit surplus
funds to the numerous World Wide Internet Technology Companies (WWITC) for
the development and advancement of Global Information

So much money is generated from people like you for using the Information
Superhighway (the Internet) without being aware of the enormous
sum that goes to the stake holders (WWWITC). Without your patronage, this
would not have been possible. After we conducted a research
on this issue, we concluded that Internet users should be compensated.

As a result, we embarked on a worldwide lottery promotion with a
sophisticated automated database to randomly select E-mail accounts
that frequently surf the Internet. Consequent upon this, your E-mail
address was picked for a Category "A" Winner after an automated
comuter ballot system with the following numbers attached.

Batch Number: PW EH 9590 OG 0612
Ref Number: PA 563881545-NL/2007

You are therefore entitled to a cash prize of $2,500,000.00 (Two Million
Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) from the total
payout of One Billion US Dollars earmarked in the lottery for category "A"
winners. Your prize award has been insured with your E-mail address,
which qualified you for the lottery and will be transferred to you upon
meeting our requirements, statutory obligations, verifications, validations
and satisfactory proof of E-mail address ownership.

To file in for the processing of your winning cash prize, you are advised
to contact our certified and accredited claims agent for category "A"
winners with the information below:

Name: Henry Vander Tool
Tel: +0031 625 392 769

You are advised to provide him with the following information:

Full Name:
Telephone/Fax number:
Ref Number:
Batch Number:

You are to keep all lotto information confidential, especially your
reference numbers and the password of your E-mail address. Since we
do not know you, if an impostor hacks your E-mail account ID and claims
your money without our knowledge, we shall not be liable.
Double claims will not be entertained so be careful. Furthermore, should
there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.

NOTE: All winnings must be claimed not later than 14 days, thereafter
unclaimed funds would be forfeited after a trio repeated forwarding
of this message to you without your response. Remember to quote your
reference information in all correspondence.


Yours Faithfully,
Norman Nilson
Lottery Co-ordinator.
(***Do Not Reply to This E-mail, Contact Your Claims Officer***)

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