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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: Powerball Egames <>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 20:12:05 +0000

Date:25-06-2007Ref Nr: PBL/CN/6654/CP
Dear Winner,


We happily announce to you the Draw Number:114 of the BRITISH ONLINE LOTTERY DEPARTMENT PROGRAMME. You have therefore won the sum prize of £710,000 (SEVEN HUNDRED AND TEN THOUSAND,POUNDS STERLING ) from POWERBALL BRITISH LOTTERY on our 2007 charity bonanza.

The winning ticket was selected from a Data Base of Internet Email Users,from which your email Address came out as the winning coupon. Most recently this foundation set up the NEW LOTTERY SCHEME to give out prizes based on COMPUTER BALLOT SYSTEM. By doing this the foundation seek to encourage the use of Internet for academic and business pursuits. Its major aim is to promote music, theater, art,literature,projects in the social and political arena with a focus on health, as well as science, research, and higher education.

We hereby urge you to claim the winning amount quickly as this is a reversion of the fund to our following month.
You are therefore requested to contact immediately our Claims Department below, quoting your winning number: WINNING NUMER-PBL2348974321.

Foreign Services Validating Officer:
Name: Mr. Williams + 44 788 682 8146 Fax: + 44 871 264 1209

This should be carried out within the next 48 hours up on receipt of this email Notification.

Good luck and congratulation from all members of staff of the NATIONAL LOTTERY.

Best Regards,
MRS. KATE BROWNClaims Department..
The Lottery Company England.

CONFIDENTIAL NOTICE: This email message, including any attachments, is intended only for the use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and prohibited from unauthorized disclosure under applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient of this message, any dissemination, distribution or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you received this message in error, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.
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