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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: "intelot107@terra.es" <intelot107@terra.es>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 22:16:28 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION



From: Mr. Ruben Elizabeth
Euro-Afro-American-Sweepstake Lottery
Headquarters: 1a, Bexon Court Carlton
Nottingham shire Nottingham NG4 1SQ Essex
United Kingdom
Customer Service: 580 NCA 85914
Ref: EAASL/941OYI/04
Batch: 12/25/DC34 RE: LOTTO.
=20
=20
CONGRATULATIONS WINNING NOTIFICATION
=20
ATTENTION:
We happily announce to you the draw of the Euro-Afro-American Sweepstake Lo=
ttery International programs held on the 18th April 2007 in Essex United Ki=
ngdom. Your company e-mail address attached to ticket number: B9564 7560454=
5/188 with! Serial number 97560 drew the winning: 01/10/11/18/19/46, which =
subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of =C2=A3 2,500,000,0=
0 (TWO MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND BRITISH POUNDS STERLING) in cash credi=
ted to file KPC/9080118308/02.This is from a total cash prize of ( =C2=A3 2=
50,000,000.00) shared amongst the first One Hundred 20 lucky winners in thi=
s category world-wide.
=20
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Afro booklet re=
presentative office in Africa as indicated in your play coupon. In view of =
this, your =C2=A3 2.500, 000, 00 (TWO MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND BRITISH=
POUNDS STERLING) would be released to you by ABSA Bank South Africa.
Our African agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the r=
elease of your funds as soon as you contact him. All participants were sele=
cted randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draws system and ex=
tracted from over 10,000,00 companies.
=20
This promotion takes place annually. For security reasons, you are advised =
to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed=
and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim yo=
ur prize.
This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwa=
rranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements.
Please be warned. To file for your claim, please contact our corresponding =
agent in South Africa immediately you read this message for quick and urgen=
t release of your fund, contact information is as follow.=20
=20
Mr. Patrick Thabo {Foreign Currency and property Allocation}.=20
=20
Email:ppatt_thabo0004@yahoo.com
Contact him by sending him with the under listed information=E2=80=99s 1. =
REFERENCE NUMBER:...............2. BATCH NUMBER:.............3. FULL NAME:.=
.............4. PASSPORT OR ID NO:............... 5. COMPANY NAME:.........=
............. 6. FULL ADDRESS:........................ 7. TEL:.............=
..FAX.................... 8. YOUR BANK NAME; .................... 9. ACCOUN=
T NUMBERS:.................... 10. BANK ADDRESS:.......................=20
11. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF COMPANY /INDIVIDUAL:=20
=20
...................................................................
=20
...........................................................................=
...........................
=20
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Please be informed that all winning must be claimed on or before 31st of Ju=
ly. To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your refere=
nce/batch numbers in any correspondences with our designated agents. Congra=
tulations once more from all members and staffs of this program that has su=
ccessfully won this competition.
Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.=20
Sincerely,
Mr. Ruben Elizabeth
United Kingdom Zonal Co-coordinator.
Mr. Harrison Davis
United Kingdom zonal Secretary
General
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