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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: glo mega <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 14:19:26 +0000
Subject: Congratulations!

Universal Buildiing, 132 - 133 Park Hurst Balfour - Unite 1440 Johannesburg, Gauteng 2001 SOUTH AFRICA GLOBAL MEGA LOTTERY. TEL:+27 83 2109758,
FAX 27 866669895
The Global Mega Lottery Promotion team is proud to inform you that you have won USD 850,000.00 Why you have won Your E-mail address is one of 200 lucky Addresses who have won in the weekly Promotion.
See below how to claim your prize.

Details on the Winnings
Your Winning Reference Number is: FLS-ZR39-825P-4
Batch Number: 74-263-BBN.
TICKET NUMBER:100-309-7482
WINNING NUMBERS:02,09,22,23,24,30(05)
Just contact our processing manager below for claiming of your prize and remember to quote your reference and Batch Number for easy processing of your prize. That's it!
Processing Manager: Mr. Richard Baloyi 83 210 9758,

Congratulations again and have a lot of fun. The International Mega Promotion are therefore advised to include all this details.

1)Bank account information where you want the fund to be transfer.
2)Telephone number and Fax number
3)your Residence address
4)Date of Birth
5)place of employment and position
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