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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: trancredi sinclair <irish_lottery_win@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 8 Aug 2007 23:27:52 +0100 (BST)
Subject: CLAIMS VERIFICATION FORM...(AUTHENTICATE IT WITHIN 24HRS).




IRISH NATIONAL LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS,
28 TAN FIELD ROAD ,
DOREST, DUBLIN .
CUSTOMER SERVICE
Ref:IR/27/47/897...
Batch: 074/05/ZY379
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
The Board of Directors, members of staff and the International Awareness Promotion Department of the Irish Gaming Board the official sponsor of the Irish national lottery , wishes to congratulate you on your success as the STAR PRIZE WINNER in this month(August) International Awareness Promotion (IAP) .
This makes you the proud owner of a cash prize of One Million Seven hundred and fifty Thousand Euro. The courtesy of Irish Gaming Board and world Rehabilitation Philanthropist Club the Back bone sponsors of this International Awareness Promo(IPA).
The selection process was carried-out through random email balloting system from of our Computerised Email Selection System (C.E.S.S.) from a database of over a million email addresses from the world wide web. Each email address was attached to a ticket number and your email address with :IR/27/47/897 number: Batch number: 074/05/ZY379 was randomly selected as the star prize winner amongst other consolation prize winners.
Funds are Been Claimed Directly From this Countries, It Is Important to Understand that the Prevailing Rule Of Laws In this Country Should Be Respected and Upholded as a Law Abiding Citizen Of Your Own Country. Your Claims Verification Form Will be sent to you and Your Cheque Be Drawned On Your Name. This Cheque Alongside with All Other Winning Documents to be Sent Over to You.
Kindly fill the verification form below and submit same via email to the Claims Department of this office so that they can authenticate your winnings.
Do have a Wonderful Time while claiming your prize.
Contact The Coordinator: Mr.Trancredi Sinclair
TEL: Telephone:+44 7045735402
VERIFICATION FORM:
1.) FULL NAME:
2.) AGE:
3.) SEX:
4.) ADDRESS:
5.) ZIP/POSTAL CODE:
6.) STATE/PROVINCE:
7.) COUNTRY:
8.) PHONE:
9.) OCCUPATION/POSITION:
10.) COMPANY:
11.) EMAIL ADDRESS:
12.) REF NUMBER:
13.) Batch NUMBER:

PREFERED MODE OF PAYMENT (PLEASE DO CONFIRM AND INDICATE YOUR CHIOCE OF PAYMENT)
A) VIA COURIER COMPANY
B)VIA BANK TO BANK TRANSFER ( please do bear with us as our affiliated bank is currently unavailable Due to network update)
Congratulations once more, and keep trusting Irish National Lottery Promo.
DIRECTOR OF PROMOTIONS, INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS PROMOTIONS, IRELAND , DUBLIN


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