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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: hhh gggg <linbe777@msn.com>
Reply-To: <wilsondube@hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2009 05:47:14 +0000
Subject: YOU HAVE WON US$ 2,950,000,00

PLATINUM LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
SECOND QUATER OF THE YEAR 2009
YOU ARE THE WINNER OF THE COMPUTER PROMOTIONAL DRAW

THIS MESSAGE IS FROM THE CO-ORDINATOR, INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
OMEGA CROSSING SA
YOU HAVE WON ON THE COMPUTER BALLOT,
THE SUM OF US$ 2,950,000,00
PLEASE CONTACT

(WILSON DUBE)
YOUR CLAIM AGENT.
FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE PAYMENT
ON PHONE NO. + 27734992006,
email: wilsondube@hotmail.com
(GLOBAL MEGA LOTTERY)
PRIZE AWARD NOTIFICATION

We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made today of winners of the PLATINUM LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS, as part of our promotional draws. Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all part of the world as part of our electronic business Promotions Program. Note that your email address qualified for the draw, as a result of your visiting various websites we are running the e-business promotions for. You/Your Company email address, attached to ticket number 100-309-7482, with serial number 513-10 drew the lucky numbers 3, 8, 13, 22, 27, 41 and Bonus number 12 and consequently YOU HAVE won in the Second Category.

Your winning Ticket Number. 343-221-8756
Your Serial Number. 454-17
Your lucky draw Numbers are. 3, 8, 13, 22, 27, 41 Bonus Number 12
Your INSURANCE Number: FLS433/453L/GMSA
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$2,950,000.00 in cash, which is the winning payout for Second category winners. This is from the total prize money of US$26,650,000.00 shared among the Seven international winners in the Second category. CONGRATULATIONS!

Please be informed that your CHEQUE of the sum of US$2,950,000.00 is now with Omega Crossing Finance and Security Company insured with your email address which won you this prize, therefore you should contact (OMEGA CROSSING SA) your agent and give them your full names so that they will re-insure your CHEQUE under your full names.

To begin your claim, please call your claim agent immediately, and also to send an urgent message to Mr. Wilson Dube through Phone or Email address
WILSON DUBE
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
OMEGA CROSSING SA.
# 25 RICHARDS RYLAAN, AUCKLAND PARK,0083
P.O. Box 524, AUCKLANDPARK
JOHANNESBURG 2001
SOUTH AFRICA
TEL:+27 73 4992006
EMAIL: wilsondube@hotmail.com

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers and other information provided above and below in every one of your correspondences with your claims agent.
REFERENCE NUMBER: GML-S343-KKT-8811
BATCH NUMBER: 56T-DTH78-SAR99

APPLICATION FOR PRIZE CLAIM (Receipt Official Notification Letter)


[FULL NAME OF WINNER]...............................................

[FULL MAILING ADDRESS]..............................................

[COUNTRY/REGION].......................................................

[STATE/PROVINCE].......................................................

[DATE OF
BIRTH].................../...................../...........

[SEX]..................................................................

[MARITAL STATUS]....................................................

[OCCUPATION]...........................................................

[CURRENT EMAIL].......................................................

[TEL].............................. [FAX]..............................

WINNING INFORMATION:

[LUCKY NUMBERS]........................................................

[REFERENCE
NUMBER]..................................................

[BATCH NUMBER]........................................................

{BONUS NUMBER ]..................................................................

[DATE OF NOTIFICATION].................................................

You are to fill and complete this APPLICATION and send it back to your Claims Manager' Mr. Wilson Dube (wilsondube@hotmail.com )

PLATINUM LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM IS A BONUS FOR THE WHOLE WORLD FOR THE 2010 SOCCER WORLD
Congratulations'' once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program. Sincerely,

MR. MERVIN NKUMA
(CO-ORDINATOR)
PLATINUM LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL.
2nd Floor SABC
Radio Park Building
P.O. Box 91711,
Auckland Park, 2006 Henley Road.
Johannesburg, South Africa.
OMEGA CROSSING SA
GOES INTERNATIONAL
AS THE 2010
WORLD CUP
WILL BE HOSTED BY
SOUTH AFRICA
THIS PROGRAM IS SPONSURED BY: SOUTH AFRICAN LOTTO AUTHORITY. AND SUPPORTED BY: (F餩ration Internationale de Football Association) FIFA SUPPORT

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