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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: "The International Lottery Award." <mrs.ceciliamoore4@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 04:16:04 +0000
Subject: YOUR EMAIL WON!!!



FROM: THE DESK OF THE GROUP CO-ORDINATOR
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRICE AWARD DEPARTMENT.
REF No: EGS/2251256003/02
BATCH NO :10-23-44-72-80
SERIAL NO: MUOTI/82536
TICKET NO: WRNM/SMI/5990
RE: AWARD NOTIFICATION/ FINAL NOTICE:
POWER BALL LOTTERY E-WHEEL E-GAME 2007.

CONSOLATION PRIZE WINNING NOTICE!!!
We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer balloting sweep stake held on 1st November 2007.

This is an end of the year bonanza and scientific computer game in which email addresses were used. It is a promotional program aimed at encouraging internet users,therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for it.

You have been approved for the star prize of $928,000:00(Nine Hundred And Twenty Eight
Thousand US.DOLLARS).

To claim your winning prize you are to contact the appointed agent Mr.MARTIN LUCAS, as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings:

Name: Mr.MARTIN LUCAS.

Email: mr.mldirectorofclaims@yahoo.co.uk

Tel:+34-697259995.

You must contact the appointed agent with your Full Names, Contact Telephone Numbers (Home, Office and Mobile Number and also Fax Number)via email to process the immediate payment of your prize.

The Validity period of the winnings is for 14 working days hence you are expected to make your claims immediately, any claim not made before this date will be returned to European Union Treasury as Unclaimed.

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs Cecilia Moore.
Group -Coordinator)
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRICE AWARD DEPARTMENT.

Sweepstakes International Program.
Copyright © 2000-2007 The Power Ball Lottery E-wheel E-game Inc.
All rights reserved. Terms of Service - Guideline.

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