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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: contact information <n_ll11024@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 11:30:30 +0000
Subject: 2nd CATEGORY LOTTERY AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION





International Draw Auditors & Management
Co-ordinators Lotteries Headquarters
31, Brixon Court, Carlton East Gate,
South Africa.
Ref. File No.:KPC/9030108308/07
Batch: 15/76/EF36
Serial No: SALP97585 Ticket No: B9665 75608567 775
Drew The Winning: 04/13/21/27/36/3

Congratulations!!! We wishes to use this medium to officially notify you on the final notification that your Email Name and Company has being selected among the 100 Star/Lucky Winners Worldwide for the South African/United Kingdom Money Balls Lotteries Promotional Programme based on the South African 2010 World Cup. You're Name and Ref. File Number has therefore been approved to claim a Total Sum of US$1.000.000.00 (One Million United States Dollars) in cash credited to REF. FILE NO# (KPC/9030108308/07).

Approved and signed as the beneficiary to this fund in your name will be done and To file for your claim, please contact one of our Accredited/Authorized Representatives in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications for verification.
South Africa Fiducial Agent Claim Office
Dr. Robert Williams
TEL: +27-83-371-2362
FAX: 27-86-513-0842
Email: r_w_agent020@yahoo.co.uk
PROVIDE ALL YOUR WINNING INFORMATION TO YOUR CLAIM AGENT TO AVOID MISTAKE.
1, Your Full Names2, Age
3, Present Contact Address4, Country Of Residence
5, Phone Numbers & Country Code
6, Your Winning information’s
7, Occupation
8, Mode Of Payment {Bank Transfer or coming for your claim)
For Security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information CONFIDENTIAL till your claims are processed and your money remitted to you for being one of our Lucky Winners of this Lottery prize.

congratulations!!! congratulations!!!
Sincerely,Mrs. Guten P Latimo(Lottery Coordinator)
Also your claim award included with Free Flight Ticket and Seven (7) Days Hotel Reservation in one of the Five Star Hotels during the World Cup Festive in 2010.The Validity period of the winnings is for 30 working days hence you are expected to make your claims immediately and winners under the age of 18 years are automatically disqualified
_________________________________________________________________
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