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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: Australian Lottery Inc <australian1-7@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: <revmarkakanawu@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2007 11:36:48 +0000
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION










AUSTRALIA LOTTO LOTTERY INC.
5th Floor East Commonwealth Centre
55 Currie Street Adelaide SA 5000,
South Australia.

WINNING NOTIFICATION

We are delighted to inform you of the result of the E-mail address
ballot lottery draw of the Australian cash-out lotto bv international
programme,which took place on the 21st of September, 2007.This is a
computer generated lottery of Internet users using email addresses for draws.

This lotto draw is fully based on an electronic selection of winners
using their e-mail addresses from different World Wide Web(www)sites.Your
e-mail address attached to ticket number: 275-189-657-23-05 with
Serial number 8756- 05 drew the lucky numbers and bonus ball number which
subsequently won you
the lottery in the 2nd category.You have therefore been approved to
claim a total sum of US$250,000.00 (TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND U.S
DOLLARS) in cash credit file ref:ILP/HW 47509/02.

This is from the total cash prize of US$4,000,000 Million
Dollars,shared
amongst the first Ten (10) lucky winners in this category.All
participant
were selected randomly through a computer balloting system drawn from
Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from Canada, Australia, United
States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our
international promotions programme which is conducted annually.This Lottery
is being promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of Multinational
companies as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the
communities where they
have operational base.

Further more your details(e-mail address) falls within our European
representative office in Amsterdam,Holland, as indicated in your play
coupon and your prize of US$250,000.00 will be released to you from our
regional branch office in Nigeria.We hope with part of your prize, you
will participate in our end of year high stakes for US$1.3 Billion
international draw.Our agent will immediately commence the process to
facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him.

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU QUOTE YOUR BELOW WINNING PARTICULARS WHEN
CONTACTING YOUR AGENT:

Ref: 4758961725
Batch: ALLINC 70564943902/188
Winning no: FGNGB2701/LPRC

HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE:
Simply contact your claims agent, Rev Mark Akanawu at
email: (revmarkakanawu@yahoo.com)

Fill this form below and send it to him to file for
your claim .

LOTTERY WINNERS APPLICATION FORM OF PAYMENT.

FULLNAME.................................................
DATE OF BIRTH..................................
SEX..................................
AGE..................................
MARITAL STATUS...................................
NATIONALITY.........................................
OCCUPATION...........................................
TELEPHONE..........................................
FAX......................................................
EMAIL................
DATE......................................................
WINNER REF/BATCH NO........................APPROVED
FOR PAYMENT.

Please quote your reference,batch and winning number which can be found
on the top left corner of this notification as well as your full name,
address and telephone number to help locate your file easily.

For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information
confidential(VERY SECRET) from the public until your claim is processed
and your prize money remitted/released to you.This is part of our
precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of
this programme by some unscrupulous elements,equally to guard against non
participant or unofficial personnel taking undue advantage of this
programme.


Congratulations once again on your winnings!!!

Yours in service,

Sincerely,

Mr. Williams Standford
Online coordinator for
AUSTRALIAN LOTTO INC.

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