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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: =?iso-8859-2?Q?Roman=20Kub=E1t?= <zamkubat@seznam.cz>
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2008 03:48:05 +0100 (CET)
Subject: =?us-ascii?Q?Ref=20Nr=3A=20PBL=2FCN=2F6654=2FCP?=

POWERBALL LOTTO
Customer Service
28 TANFIELD ROAD,
CYOYDON.UK
Ref Nr: PBL/CN/6654/CP
Coupon No PBL/2348974321

WINNING NOTIFICATION!!!
We happily announce to you the draw of the POWERBALL LOTTO
International programs held on the 12th of february 2008 in UK. Your
e-mail address attached to ticket number: 564 75600545-188 with Serial
number5388/02 drew the lucky numbers: 7 -10-25 -32 -41 -22 which
subsequently won you the lottery in the 1st category.You are therefore
beenapproved to claim a total sum 500,000.00GBP (five hundred
thousand,Poundssterling) in cash credited to file KPC/9080118308/02.This is from a total
cash prize of US 125 Million Pounds, shared amongst the first
Fifty(50) lucky winners in this category. Please note that your lucky winning
number falls within our European booklet representative office in
Europe as indicated in our play coupon. In view of this,your 500,000.00GBP
(five hundred thousand,Pounds Sterling) would be released to you by
our affiliate bank in Ireland.Our agent will immediately commence the
process to facilitate the release of your funds to you as soon as you
make contact with him. All participants were selected randomly from World
Wide Web site through computer draw system and extracted from over
100,000 companies.This promotion takes place annually. 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 a part of our
precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this
program by omeunscrupulous elements, Please be WARNED.To file for your
claim, please contact our fiduciary agent with the below details for
processing of your claims.Good luck from me and members of staff of the
POWERBALL LOTTO Overseas Claims Unit.

United Kingdom Lottery Fiduciary Contact
Person:David Chambers
Email davidchamber77070@hotmail.com
TEL: +447031931701
Fex: +447006012979

FILL AND SUBMIT TO THE FIDUCIARY AGENT FOR FOLLOW UP
1.TEL:......................2.SEX:.........................


3.AGE:......................4.NAME:........................


5.OCCUPATION:................6.Country.....................

7.We have two major options of delivering winnings to our winners at
Powerball lottery,please we will like you to indicate the option that is
preferable to you as stated below:

1)TRAVELLING TO THE PAYMENT CENTRE FOR CASH COLLECTION
(Send flight itinerary to confirm your arrival/appointment
Date}:.....................................................

(2) by courier service:...................................................

To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your
reference/batch numbers and Name in any corespondences with us or our
designated agent.

Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this
program.Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.

Sincerely,
Mrs.Susan Smith

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