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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Dr. Eduardo Luciano Duque" <dr.eduardo05g@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 15:57:45 +0000
Subject: WINNERS NOTIFICATION CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



FROM: STAKES LOTTERY PROMOTIONSMICRO-SOFT SWEEPSTAKESHead OfficeBandar Seri Begawan 1150,Brunei Darussalam (BRN).Ref Number: 040/055/337Batch Number: 561702-PCD004
CONGRATULATIONS!
This is to inform you of the release of the STAKES LOTTERY PROMO. held on the 10th of August 2007, but due to the mix up of numbers and addresses, the results were released today 13th of November ,2007. Your name was attached to ticket number 27522465897-6454 with serial number 3773-555 that drew the lucky numbers of 7-14-18-23-31-45, which consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of euros € 3,400.000:00 (THREE MILLION FOUR HUNDRED EUROS ONLY, WINNER 2007 AWARD SESSION) in cash credited to file with REF:Ns.KSL/040/055/337. This is from a total cash prize of euros 60,015.225.00., shared among the twenty five international winners in this category.
Note that all participants in this lottery program have been selected randomly through a computer ballot system drawn from over 30,000 companies and 800,000 individual email addresses from all search engines and web sites. This promotional program takes place every ending of the year and we hope your lucky name will draw a bigger cash prize in the subsequent programs.
CONGRATULATIONS!****The program takes place every year. This lottery was promoted and sponsored by eminent personalities like His Royal Highness, the Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. We look forward to your active participation in our next year $20 million slot.**** We are aware that a few individuals such as members of staffs,social groups e.t.c might try to cheat you off your winning fund hence you are advised to maintain strictness when calling because we usually prefer to call you attention when needed also please note that for security our referred email address are very safe, thank you.
Your fund is now deposited with our Security Company and insured under your address. Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award from public notice until your claims has been processed and the money remitted to your account as this is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming of unwarranted taking advantage of this program by participants as it has happened in the past. You can travel down to any of our seven paying stations for this award session, which might be any of the following countries where we have our lottery accounts deposited with different finance institution including: U.K, SWITZERLAND,BELGIUM, BRUNIE...e.t.c
To begin your lottery claims , please contact solicitor to this great promotions organisation today,
Barrister.Ramphall Butler, E-mail Address: esq.butlerr@gmail.com Telphone : + 44-703-192-5177
Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than this award session. Any claim not made before this date will be returned as unclaimed. And also be informed that 10% of your lottery winning belongs to (PERRAS PROMOTION COMPANY & KING ASSOCIATES LTD.) Because they are the company that bought your ticket and played the lottery on your name, NOTE:- this 10% will be remitted after you have received your winnings prize because the money is already insured in your winning identity.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every correspondence with your claims agent,You are to provide the below details to enable the speedy evaluation and processing of your winnings. we advice that you adhere strictly to their procedures to avoid any disqualifications and subsequent cancellation.
FULL NAME:................................... FULL HOME / OFFICE ADDRESS:..................DIRECT TELEPHONE / FAX NUMBERS & EMAIL:......
The above detailed information will be absolutely necessary to file in your claims.
PLEASE NOTE: YOU ARE TO KEEP ALL LOTTERY INFORMATIONS FROM PUBLIC AS WE WILL NOT ENTERTAIN CASES OF MULTIPLE CLAIMS PROCESSING OR COMPROMISE THE PRIVACY AND SECURITY OF ALL OUR WINNER.THIS IS IN LINE WITH THE DATA PROTECTION ACT OF THE STAKES LOTTERY PROMOTIONS.
Furthermore,shall there be any change of address, please do inform your claims agent as soon as possible. All documents and Certificates related to your winning prize will be sent to you by the auditor general STAKES LOTTERY PROMOTIONS via courier to your postal address upon the transfer of your fund into your desired a/c information.
CONGRATULATIONS!! Once again from all members of our staff and thank you for being a part of our International promotions program.We wish you continue good fortunes.
Dr. Eduardo Luciano Duque(Vice President)13-11-2007.
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