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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: "Mrs Sibusiso Kunene" <winamanjelottery@wml.co.za> (may be fake)
Reply-To: haynesbucker@aim.com
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2008 09:35:43 +0200
Subject: WINA MANJE LOTTERY COMPANY OF SOUTH AFRICA

WINA MANJE LOTTERY COMPANY
SA HEAD OFFICE
SUITE 14-10, CENTURY TOWERS
MELROSE ARCH
JOBURG SOUTH AFRICA


Dear Winner,

My name is Mrs Sibusiso Kunene and on the behalf of WINA MANJE LOTTERY COMPANY OF SOUTH AFRICA,We wish to inform you that you are one of our lucky winners which were randomly selected from a batch of 50,000,000 international emails.
Your email address emerged along side 9 others as 1st category winner in this year's Annual Lottery Draw.

Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of 850,000.00 US Dollars (Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand US Dollars only).The following particulars are attached to your lottery payment order:

(i) Winning numbers: 8-13-34-55-84-85.BONUS 22.
(ii) Email ticket number: WN:754/22/76
(iii) Lottery code number: WN:09622SA
Please contact the under listed claims officer as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings:

MR BUCKER HAYNES
CLAIMS AGENT
SA HEAD OFFICE
SUITE 14-10, CENTURY TOWERS
MELROSE ARCH
JOBURG SOUTH AFRICA
EMAIL:haynesbucker@aim.com
TEL:+27-78-8465-339
FAX:+27-86-6012-512

This email notification is auto-generated and it is valid for Eight weeks.
Once again on behalf of all ourstaff,
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Sincerely,
Mrs Sibusiso Kunene

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