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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: "LOTTO AGENT" <wukonglee@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 May 2007 10:49:16 -0700
Subject: {Disarmed} 6 DIGITS/AWARD CERTIFICATE


FROM THE INTERNATIONAL PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT

Category A Prize Winner

* CONGRATULATIONS *

ATTN:



Dear Sir.



We wish to inform you once again that your email address was among to the
lucky
number as it was made know to you in the letter the promotion company send
to you
and our committee was appointed as your agent to help to process your award
certificate and send to you to enable you to proceed to contact the payee
center,
for the processing of your funds to your bank account in
your country.

Now your 6 digit numbers that is the treasure key are as follows 8, 3, 7, 9,
5, and
2, password RRTAz15.

Be informed that your winning prize has a hard cover insurance policy that
makes it
difficult to deduct a cent until the sum is finally credited into your
designated
account.

So we wish to notify you that we will like you to furnish to us with your

1. Name in full:
*2. Address:*
*3. Nationality:*
*4. Age:*
*5. Occupation:*
*6. Phone/Fax:*
,

This will enable us issue the award certificate to you for immediate claim
of your
winning funds as it was stated in the above letter that we have only few
weeks to
practice this exercise.

So the earlier you send the above mention information will be better for you
as time
is not in your favor. MEAN WHILE, YOU CAN CONTACT MR WUKONGLEE ON
+8613751742384

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR AWARD CERTIFICATE. Finally we wish to say
congratulations to you once more.

Sincerely yours,
MR.WUKONG LEE.

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