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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: "FREELOTTO INT GROUP" <freelotto_info01@blastnet.org>
Reply-To: freelotto_int.claimsdept@yahoo.co.uk
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 02:39:27 +0200
Subject: Congratulations! Contact Prize Remittance Division


FREELOTTO GROUP INTERNATIONAL
Prize Remittance Division (PRD)
FILE REF NO: 07- 321786542
FAST NO: 2912144
LOTTO REF: FL/0507/FAST
Dear Prize Winner,
This email confirmation that you have received from the FREELOTTO GROUP
INTERNATIONAL official notification of your lottery winning in the FREELOTTO
AUTOMATIC SUBSCRIPTION TICKET GAME (F.A.S.T) played on the
10th of June 2007, And was announced on the 23th of JUly 2007 at our
Lottery office complex Trafford, London.
You have won a FREELOTTO PRIZE OF ONE MILLION BRITISH POUND STERLING
(£1,000,000.00), a prize payout of your winning has been approved by the
FREELOTTO GROUP. In accordance with the United Kingdom lottery
ordinance,you are authorized as the lotto prize winner to request claims
of your winning prize.The FREELOTTO AUTOMATIC SUBSCRIPTION TICKET (F.A.S.T)
GAME is an online promotional program organized by the
FREELOTTO GROUP INTERNATIONAL. A total of 500,000 different email addresses
are entered for the FREELOTTO AUTOMATIC SUBSCRIPTION TICKET GAME (F.A.S.T).
All email addresses entered for the game are submitted
by our partner international email service providers/ marketing companies
and public services providers. Winners are randomly selected systematically
through our Electronic Random Selection System (ERSS).
Your email ID was included among the 500,000 email addresses and entered
for Batch 16125 with Ticket No. 2912144 and was luckily selected among 1-5
batch winners. You are adviced to keep your winning information
highly confidential, As any breach of confidentiality on the part of winners
will result to disqualification. Note that the FREELOTTO GROUP INTERNATIONAL
will remit prize payout to only winners who have
officially file in for their prize claims. You are to choose one out of the
listed option by which you want your prize remitted to you.
You are required to file your claims by contacting the OFFICE Prize
Remittance Division with the details below:
OFFICER IN-CHARGE : Frank Lawson (Head Prize Remittance Division)
E-MAIL:freelotto_int.claimsdept@yahoo.co.uk
PHONE # : +44 704 571 8020
Completely fill out the Claim Form - E provided herein and submit a
completed filled form via email to the Prize Remittance Division. Your
winning information has been provided above.
=================================================
APPLICATION FOR PRIZE CLAIM FORM - E (Receipt Official Notification
Letter) [FILE REF 07-21786542]
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[FULL NAME OF
WINNER]......................................................
[RESIDENT
ADDRESS].........................................................
[COUNTRY/ REGION]..................
[STATE].............................
[DATE OF BIRTH]...../...../......... [SEX]..........
[OCCUPATION]........................
[CURRENT EMAIL].....................
[TEL/FAX]...........................
A scanned copy of your international passport, drivers license or any form
of identification will be appreciated.
===============================================================
Please indicate \\\\\\\"X\\\\\\\ " for the option you want your
prizeremitted to you.
Listed below is our payment modalities and option of payment.
(1) BY COURIER DELIVERY OF YOUR PRIZE CHEQUE:[_______]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
(2) TRANSFER THE MONEY TO YOUR ACCOUNT VIA SWIFT BANK TRANSFER:[_______]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
THIS EMAIL WAS SENT FROM THE DESK OF THE ORGANIZATION PRESIDENT FREELOTTO
GROUP INTERNATIONAL, ON BEHALF OF F.A.S.T GAMES 2007.
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WINNING.
SINCERELY,
ROBERT A. V. BENARD,
GROUP PRESIDENT - FLG

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