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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Award Winning" <>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2008 23:39:00 -0700

From: Ms. Jenney Anderson
Canada Lottery/Ontario Soccer World Cup 2010 Promotional Draw
5673 Johan Av Ontario
Dixon, ON, Canada, VIP 9E3

Our Canadian Agent in A frica
Contact Information;<><>
(Tel: 0027-739-382-891)

Attention: Customer AFRSA680
Ref: EAAL/851OYHI/08
Batch No. Lotto 6/49

The Canadian Government sponsors this lottery for the promotion of the 2010
Soccer World cup to be hosted in South Africa.
We happily announce to you the draw of the Euro-Afro-American Sweepstake
Lottery International Programs held on Saturday 28th June 2008 in Essex
United Kingdom and Lotto Canada.

Your e-mail address attached to Ticket Number:B956475604545 100, with Serial
Number 46563760 drew the winning numbers (4 16 20 23 28 44) with a bonus
Number(32) for Lotto 6/49 under the choice of the lottery in the 2nd
category of bi-weekly six.You have therefore been approved to claim a total
sum of US$950,000.00 (Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars)
in cash credited to file EAAL/8510YHI/08.

This is from a total cash prize of US $11,100,000.00 Million dollars, shared
amongst the first One Hundred and-thirty (130) lucky winners in this
category Worldwide.Please note that your lucky winning number f alls within
our Afro booklet representative office in Africa as indicated in your play
coupon, because this particular draw was selected to promote the 2010 World
Cup to be hosted in South Africa hence your winning information must be kept
to enable you participate in our subsequent draws which will see 500
participants travelling on an all expense paid trip to South Africa for the
Soccer World Cup 2010.

In view of this, your US$950,000.00(Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand United
States Dollars) would be released to you by an accredited commercial Bank in
South Africa. Our African agent will immediately commence the process to
facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact our African
Agent's office.All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web
site through computer draws system and extracted from over 10,000,00
companies and personal e-mails. 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 by uns crupulous elements.

Please be warned! To file for your claim, please contact Mr.Mathiba Larry
our corresponding Agent in South Africa immediately you read this message
for quick and urgent release of your fund, contact information as follow:
Phone 00 27-739-382-891 to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
please quote your reference numbers in any correspondences with our
designated agents.

Congratulations! Once more from all members and staff of this program that
has ensured that you won this competition. Thank you for being part of our
Promotional Lottery program.


Full Names; Physical Address;
Marital Status;
Ticket Number:
Serial Number;
Bonus Number;
Winning Number;
Date of Draw;
Amount Won;

Yo urs Sincerely,
Ms. Jenney Anderson
NOTE To confirm that you have the winning number for Sat 28th June 2008
under Lotto 6/ 49

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