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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: londonoffice47 london <londonoffice47@web.de>
Date: Wed, 02 May 2007 15:32:46 +0200
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!! CONGRATULATIONS!! CONGRATULATIONS!!


(British Flag) The Microsoft Corp World Lottery,United Kingdom
P O Box 1010 Liverpool, L70 1NL United Kingdom.


*Winning Numbers*
*887* *13* *865* *37* *10* *83* WINNING NOTIFICATION:

We happily announce to you the draw(#953)of the MICROSOFT CORP WORLD LOTTERY AWARD International programs held in U.K your "email address" was attached to ticket number;B9665 75604546 199 serial number 97560, This batch draws the lucky winning numbers as follows 887/13/865/37/10/83, bonus number 2, which consequently won the lottery in the second category. All participants "email address" were selected through a computer balloting system drawn from Nine hundred thousand names from Canada, Australia, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceanic as part of our international promotions program which is conducted annually. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 2,000,000 (TWO MILLION BRITISH POUNDS in cash credited to file MSW-L/200-26937 This is from a total cash prize of £50,000,000 shared among the (25) Twenty-Five lucky winners in this 2nd category. Furthermore your details (e-mail address) falls within our South African Representative Office in Johannesburg, South Africa, as indicated in your play coupon and your prize sum of 2,000,000 (TWO MILLION BRITISH POUNDS STERLING) will be remitted to you by our paying bank (The Royal Bank of Scortland Plc London) HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE
Simply contact our Fiduciary Claim Agent in South Africa where your own Payment is zoned. He will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your winning price money by The Royal Bank of Scortland Plc London. His contact details is shown below:

Claim Manager: Mr Mark Anderson.TEL: 0027 73 227 2785Email: claimmanager1@sify.com [mailto:claimmanager1@sify.com] To process your claims you are hereby advice to contact the Claim Agent immediately with the below information's:

NAME:
ADDRESS:
NATIONALITY:
SEX:
AGE:
PHONE/MOBILE:
FAX:
OCCUPATION:
COMPANY:
BATCH/WINNING NUMNBER: Our special thanks and gratitude to Bill Gates and his associates. We wish you the best of luck as you spend your good fortune in this season. *(UK-Stake National Lottery. Lottery scam) *
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your cash prize is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever means you wish to recieve your cash prize by our paying bank (The Royal Bank of Scortland Plc London)
Endevour to contact the agent in Africa with the required information's immediately.This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned!!!!

Congratulations!!! once more on behalf of members and staff of the BRITISH AWARD LOTTERY 2007.
(Link to Halifax home page) Congratulations once again. [http://mail.yahoo.com/config/login?/_javascript:ol%28%27http://mail.yahoo.com/config/login?/__javascript:olhttp://www.freelotto.com/offer.asp?offer%253d43761%2526amp;FID%253dfa7d27913658;%27%29;]

Yours in service,

Mr. Richard K Lloyd. NB: PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL BECAUSE YOU MIGHT NOT BE ATTENDED TO, KINDLY CONTACT YOUR FIDUCIARY AGENT IN SOUTH AFRICA DIRECTLY FOR FURTHER DIRECTIONS.



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