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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: "AUSTRALIAN lotto" <aust_info@mailbox.hu>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 04:18:46 -0700
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS YOUR E-MAIL HAVE WON(ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS


COOL STREET
PAULGREENVULLE Ax34587,
AUSTRALIA.
Ref: 435062725
Batch: 7050490902/189
Winning no: GB8101/LPRC


CONGRATULATIONS!!
Dear Sir/Madam,

We are delighted to inform you of your prize release on the 1st june 2008,
from the Australian Lotto incorporated program.This is a bonus to promote
lotto in australia Which is fully based on an electronic selection of
winners using their e-mail addresses form some site.
Your email address was attached to ticket number; 4700172507056490102 serial
number 7741134002 This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows
5-13-33-37-42 bonus mumber17,which consequently won the lotto in the second
category.
You here by have been approved a lump sum pay of US$1.500,000.00(ONE MILLION
FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS) in cash credit file ref: ILP/HW 47509/09 from
the total cash prize shared amongst eight lucky winners in this category.
All participant were selected through a computer balloting system drawn form
Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from Canada, Australia, United
States, Asia, Europe, Middle East,Africa and Oceania as part of our
international promotions program which is conducted annually.
This Lotto 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.
Further more your details (e-mail address) falls within our European
representative office in Amsterdam, Holland, as indicated in your play
coupon and your prize of US$1.500,000.00 will be released to you from this
regional branch office in UNITED KINGDOM AND NIGERIA RESPECTIVELY.
We hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year
high stakes for US$1.3 Billion international draw.
HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE
Simply contact our fiducially agent,Mr.johnson philip .
E-mail address(johnphilp78@gmail.com) to file for your claim .
contact him Monday to Friday.
by filling this form below and send it to him to file for your claim .
LOTTERY WINNERS APPLICATION FORM OF PAYMENT.
FULLNAME.................................................
DATE OF BIRTH.........................................
ADDRESS...................................................
SEX..........................................................
AGE........................................................
NATIONALITY...........................................
OCCUPATION............................................
TELEPHONE.............................................
EMAIL.....................................................
DATE......................................................
WINNER REF/BATCH NO...........................APPROVED
FOR
PAYMENT.
Please quote your reference,batch and winning number which can be found on
the top left corner of this notification as well as your full name,address
and telephone number to help locate your file easily.
For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information
confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize
released to you.This is part of our security protocol to avoid double
claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this program
bynon-participantorunofficial personnel.
Note, all winnings MUST be claimed by the 30th of june 2008; otherwise all
funds will be returned as Unclaimed and eventually donated to charity
organizations.

Congratulations once again on your winnings!!!

PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL.CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS AGENT AT(
johnphilp78@gmail.com) ANY BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON THE PART OF THE
WINNERS WILL RESULT TO DISQUALIFICATION.
Yours faithfully,
Mrs Caro Sweet.
Online coordinator for AUSTRALIAN LOTTO PROGRAMME, Sweepstakes

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