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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: "mike ikmjn" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 13:39:36 +0200

From: Mr.snchzu zuma                          
Euro-Afro-American-Sweepstake Lottery
Headquarters: 1a, Bexon Court Carlton
Nottingham shire
Nottingham NG4 1SQ Essex
United Kingdom
Customer Service: 580 NCA 85914

Tel+44-703 1039 2144                                    
Tel+44-30  45  578  113
Ref: BTL /23789003070/07
Batch: 44/675432/01/UKL.
Derbyshire Shop SyndicateDiane DowningPete Kyle

Attn Sir/Madam
We happily announce to you the draw (#1150) of THE NATIONAL LOTTERY, onlineS weepstakes International program held on 26th of  June  2007. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 787659005455433 with Serial number 9876/90 drew the lucky winning numbers 01 - 02 - 07 - 11 - 37 - 45 - (Bonus Ball) 14 which subsequently won you the lottery in the 1St category for January 2007. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 820,000,00. (Eight Hundred and Twenty Thousand Great Britain Pounds Sterling) in cash credited to file KPC/650803165432/07.
This is from a total cash prize of 11,000,000,00 Million Pounds Sterling,  shared amongst the One-Hundred and thirty-four (134) lucky winners in this third category worldwide. The online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through a computer ballot system drawn and extracted from over 10,000,00 companies and personal emails , unions, associations and co-operate bodies that are listed online.
This promotion takes place in Essex Liverpool United Kingdom Three times in a year. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our African booklet representative office in South Africa as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your 820, 000.00  (Eight Hundred and Twenty Thousand Great Britain Pounds Sterling  Only) would be released to you by our payment office in South Africa. Our Fudiciary agentwill immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him.
NOTE: Due to mix up of some numbers and names for security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program, Please be warned !!.
Congratulations once again from all the staff here.  To collect your prize won, please contact your claims agent that has been assigned for the processing of your claims with the email address below , In order to verify your winnings we need your particulars for record purposes, Attached here is a copy of our verifications form, please fill accordingly so as to proceed with your winnings. Once again congratulations from all the staff.
1.FULL NAMES: _________________________________
2.ADDRESS: ______________________________________________
5.MARITAL STATUS: ________________________________
6.OCCUPATION: _________________________________
7.E-MAIL ADDRESS THAT WON THE PRICE:____________________________________
8.TELEPHONE  / FAX NUMBER:______________________________________
9.REF NUMBERS _____________ BATCH NUMBER: ___________________
10.TICKET NUMBER: _________________________________
11.SERIAL NUMBER: _________________________
12.AMOUNT WON: _______________________________________
13.CITY:___________________ ZIP CODE:_____________________________
14.STATE: ______________________________
17.WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH THE WINNING FUND:_________________________________
Please be warned. To file for your claim, please ! contact our corresponding
agent in South Africa immediately you read this message for quick and urgent release of your fund, contact information is as follow:
Barr. allan khumalo & Associates. ( Esq.
Solicitors, Conveyancers & Notary Public             
Tele: + 27-79 23 56 848
4Th Floor, Elephant House
107 Market Street Cnr Von Williegh Johannesburg

Post Address P.O.Box 61618
                                   Once again congratulations...
Mr. Richard Paul
United Kingdom Zonal Co-coordinator.
Tel+44-703 1839 224                                    
Tel+44-703 1903 139.
Mrs. Teresa Allan.
Online Co-ordinator
Sweepstakes International Program United Kingdom.
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