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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: James Cameron <jamescameron16_imml@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2007 21:34:03 +0000
Subject: AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION!!!



INTERNATIONAL MEGA-MILLION LOTTERY
UNIVERSAL PROMOTION
WINNING NOTIFICATION
... BE NOTIFIED THAT
YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WAS SELECTED ON THE
THE COMPUTER PROMOTIONAL BALLOT SYSTEM DRAW, AS ONE OF THE WINNING EMAIL ADDRESS ON THE INTERNET COMPUTER LOTTERY DRAW.
THE PROGRAM WAS HELD BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN LEADING LOTTERY ORGANIZATION, KNOWN AS...
IML LOTTERY IN PROMOTION OF 2010 WORLD CUP HERE IN S.A.

THERE WAS A UNIVERSAL COMPUTER BALLOT WHICH QUALIFIED YOU AS ONE OF THE WINNER OF THE SUM OF US$ 2,100,000,00(TWO MILLION, ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLAR)
FOR MORE ENQUIRIES AND INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
(MR. OWEN DOUGLAS)
THE PROCESSING OFFICER/FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER.
ON EMAIL ADDRESS:
info_owendouglas2006@yahoo.com


PLEASE NOTE THAT BECAUSE OF THE INTERNET LOTTERY SCAMS, YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR WINNING DETAILS AS BELOW VERY CONFIDENTIAL, SO THAT THE SCAMMERS COULD NOT BE ABLE TO GET YOUR WINNING INFORMATION.
FOR YOUR URGENT CLAIM..
Call Mr. OWEN DOUGLAS
Processing Director
Eagle Treasure SA
Phone Number 27 73 1794630
YOU SHOULD ALSO CONTACT...
...OUR INFORMATION DEPARTMENT IMMEDIATELY.
NOTE THAT YOUR WINNING DETAILS AS BELOW:
WINNING NUMBERS : 80, 35, 11, 72, 90, 41 and Bonus number 1, INSURANCE NUMBERS: KISCS433/ 2010SNLP/2005
REF. NUMBERS : LLI/240142/011
BATCH NUMBERS: 18/006/1094/ LIPDA/SL
YOU HAVE TO BE AWARE THAT
YOUR CLAIM AGENT IS Mr. OWEN DOUGLAS on
Phone: 27 73 1794630
THIS MESSAGE WAS SENT TO YOU BY:
THE CHAIRMAN, LOTTERY ORGANIZER,
BRIEF INFORMATION:

NOTE: YOU DID NOT PLAY ANY LOTTERY, BUT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WAS SELECTED AS A WINNING EMAIL ON THE COMPUTER LOTTERY DRAW.
It was not an individual lotto playing, but the computer itself picked out from all over the world.

1,000,000 email addresses was selected and picked from the Internet, so those email addresses of Participants that was selected and picked from the internet were again selected through a computer ballot system drawn from among the 1,000,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all part of the world, this is called the computer ballot.

And 7 email addresses was finally picked out from among the total 1,000,000 email addresses, and out of those 7 email addresses, your email address won on the ballot.

You have to note that this program is being sponsured by the FIFA SUPPORT AFRICAN TEAM, to creat awareness for the coming 2010 world Cup, which is to be host by South Africa.
Please you have to be aware that we do not want you to relate your winning information to people or group of persons, this is because we do not want to experience any form of Internet scam or someone else to contact us with the same winning information due to your exposure of your winning information.
Please you have to contact your claim agent immediately with the following information for your claim. And do not forget to quote your above winning details to your claim agent, especially your Reference and Batch Numbers. Please you are warned, DO NOT DISCLOSE YOUR WINNING INFORMATION TO ANY BODY. If you have any other enquiries, do not hesitate to contact us. We sincerely CONGRATULATE you for being the winner of the MASTER MEGA-MILLION LOTTERY. ANY BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON THE PART OF THE WINNERS WILL RESULT TO DISQUALIFICATION.
THANKS:


MANAGEMENT, MASTER MEGA MILLION LOTTERY.
Copyright © 1994-2007 The South Africa National Lottery Inc.
All rights reserved. Terms of Service - Guideline



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