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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 17:22:34 +0100

(Accredited Licensed Agent to Transglobe lottery international )Ref Number: 152/716/5047 Transglobe Finance Agency Batch number:538901527-BB67
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the NLF ONLINE International Lottery programs held on the 13th of November 2007 entered your email addresses amongst other addresses for the international lottery programs conducted by NLF ONLINE.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number27533465196-6451 with serial number 8742-517 drew lucky numbers 4-14-80-26-31-46, which consequently won in the 1st category, you have therefore been approvedfor a lump sum pay out of US$ 500,000.00 (Five hundred thousand united states Dollars) from a total sum of USD$2,500,000.00 shared amongst the first 5 lucky winners entered in their category.To claim your winnings you must first contact Transglobe Finance Agency to give your 1.Full Name: ............
2.Address: ...........3.Nationality: ................
4.Age:................Date of Birth....................
5.Occupation: .................Fax:.................6.Phone: ..................Phone 2:...................
7.State of Origin...: .......... .Country: .................CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Mrs. Natasha Melvin
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your Winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money Remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.
All participants were selected through a computerballot system drawn from over 20,000 companies and 30,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the worldThis promotional program takes place every year. This lottery was promoted by some software corporation to compensate some fewIndividuals with website and email addresses after the microsoft anti-various incident on August 2003.
However, you have automatically qualified to take part in our next year USD8 million international lottery programs.To file for your claim now, please contact Transglobe Finance Agency at: or your designated Agent MR.Desmond Edom at the following email address : Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbersin all correspondence.Furthermore,should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible. Congratulations once again and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
N.B Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification and Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified

Sincerely yours MR DESMOND EDOMMrs. Rose Wang Lottery Coordinator

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