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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: "kdial3@eparsnip.com" <kdial3@eparsnip.com> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 1 May 2007 12:57:49 +0100
Subject: **NOTIFICATION OF WINNING**


**NOTIFICATION OF WINNING**

We are please to anounce you as one of the 5 lucky winners in the Publishers
Clearing House draws held for MAY 2007.All five winners address were randomly
selected from a batch of 10,000,000 international emails.

Your email address emerged alongside 4 others as a category 2 winner in this
year's weekly Publishers Clearing House Consequently,you have therefore
been approved for a totalpay out of &pound;250,000(Two hundred and fifty
thousand pounds) only.
The following particulars are attached to your lotto payment order:

(i) winning numbers:47-14-34-85-67-32
(ii) email ticket number:FL 754/22/76
(iii) lotto code number:FL09622UK
(iv) Ref number:FL/04/836207147/uk

Please contact the underlisted claims officer as soon as possible for the
immediate release of your winnings:

Mr Paul Girling
Email: girling_officer22yahoo.CO.UK
Tell: +447011146506

N.B:Please quote your reference number in all correspondence with the claims
officer.Winners must send their Data or fill the data's below and send
to their claims officer:

NAME:....................................................................
2.ADDRESS:..............................................................................................................................................

3.SEX:........................... 4. AGE:........5.MARITAL
STATUS:........................6.OCCUPATION:..................................................7.HAVE

YOU A PASSPORT OR LICENCE.............(identification on transfer)
8.ANNUAL INCOME..............PASSPORT............ 9.INDICATE PREFERRED
MODE
OF PRIZE COLLECTION: (A) CHEQUE (B) DRAFT (C) TELEGRAPHIC TRANSFER IF
BY TELEGRAPHIC TRANSFER (Details of the account where you want your
funds transferred):
.....................................................
......................................................
10.E-MAIL.......................................................................
11.TELEPHONE NUMBER:....................................12.LOTTO
NUMBER:.............................!
........B. DRAW NUMBER:...................................13.TICKET
NUMBER:...................................14.SERIAL
NUMBER:......................................5.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF
COMPANY/INDIVIDUAL:......................... 16.AMOUNT
WON:..........................................................17.
STATE:..............................................18.
COUNTRY.................................................To
avoid unnecessary delays and complications

!!!Once Again Congratulations!!!

Yours faithfully,
Maryann Carter
Contest Department for Publishers Clearing House
Sweepstakes International Program


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