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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: world cop <worldcop37@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 14:01:07 +0000
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION!!!






SOUTH AFRICA FIFA WORLD CUP 2010


GOVERNMENT ACCREDITED LICENSED!!
GLOBAL MEGA NATIONAL
LOTTERY SOUTH AFRICAN
2007/08 REF: EAASL/ 941OYI/ 04 &
Batch: 12/25/DC34 RE: LOTTO
DR. RICHARD BALOYI
Email:dr.richardbaloyi@tsamail.co.za
TEL: 27-731-940-738
FAX: 27-866-989-600


YOUR EMAIL HAVE LUCKILY WON THE SUM OF USD$2, 950, 000.00

FROM: GERALD JORDAAN, ANNOUNCEMENT We happily announce to you the draw (#1012) of the South Africa 2010 FIFA world Cup, online Sweepstakes International Program, Your e-mail address attached to.

Your winning Ticket number: 564 75600545 188
Your Serial Serial number 5388/02
Your Drew lucky Numbers :(48) (31) (30) (25) (23) (20)
Bonus ball (10). Your INSURANCE Number: LP3/7599.LTSA
Which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e. match 5 plus bonus. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of $2, 950, 000.00 USD (TWO MILLION NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS). In cash credited to file KPC/9080118308/02. All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 union associations and corporate bodies that are listed online this promotion takes place weekly.
Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program you request to fill the information below.

1. Full names.
2. Phone number.
3. Fax number.
4. Occupation.
5. Sex.
6. Age.
7. Nationality.

This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have operational base and way of saying thanks for supporting South Africa 2010 FIFA world Cup Incorporation world wide. Further more your details (e-mail address) falls within our British representative office in United Kingdom , as indicated in your play coupon and your prize of $2, 950,000.00 USD will be released to you through our immediate bank SOUTH AFRICAN.

South Africa 2010 FIFA world Cup, Agent claims office copyright or other intellectual property infringement can be contacted as follows: You have to claim your prize our Immediately Paying bank South Africa / London you read this message for quick and urgent release of your winning fund, contact information as follow: -

For Immediate payments contact your Claim Agent.
Name: Dr. Richard Baloyi
TEL: 27-731-940-738
FAX: 27-866-989-600
EMAIL:dr.richardbaloyi@tsamail.co.za
Foreign Services Manager, Payment and Release order
All States Building, 234Wood mead Street, 9th Floor 999Johannesburg South Africa
********************************************************************

Sincerely, Mr. Gerald Jordan/ Announcement South AfricaMr. Alexandra Davis South Africa zonal Secretary General.Thank you for your Co-operation.
_________________________________________________________________
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