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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:

Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 16:21:37 +0100 (BST)

Ref: 575061
Winning Ticket Number: AB164C


Dear Sir/ Madam,

We are pleased to inform you of the lottery result winners of BILL GATES FOUNDATION LOTTERY Programmes held on the 20th of June 2007 from the BILL GATES FOUNDATION LOTTERY programme. Which is fully based on an electronic selection of winners using their e-mail addresses.

Your Email address was attached to ticket number; AB164C Serial Number 67749137002. This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows bonus number 1, which consequently won the lottery in the FIRST category. You are here by have been approved a lump sum pay of €100.000 in cash credit file ref: ILP/HW 575061/03 from the total cash prize shared amongst ten lucky winners in this category.

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money remitted to your nominated bank. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claims and unwarranted abuse of this programme by some participants. All participants where selected through a computer/mail balloting system drawn from Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from United State,United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa, West Africa and Oceania as part of our international promotions program which is conducted annually.This Lottery was promoted and sponsored BILL GATES and conglomorate of some multinational companies and also the United State Government as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the commmunities where they have operational base. Further more your details (e-mail address) falls within our representative office in West Africa, as
indicated in your play coupon and your prize of €10.000 will be released to you from our Regional branch office in West Africa, with part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes for €200.000 international draw.
Please quote your Date of draw,Reference Number, Batch Number and Winning Number, which can be found on the top-left corner of this message. Also, you should give in your contact informations to help locate your file easily, to file for your claims, you are to contact your claims agent immediatly you finish reading this message.

Claims Agent
Dr. Peter Bada
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For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize has been released to you and also to the public. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this programme by non-participant or unofficial personnel. Note: All winnings MUST be claimed before the 27th of Jully 2007. otherwise all funds will be forfited. attached to this message is a copy of your winning informations.

Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of the Billgates
Foundation Lottery Board Commission.

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