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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: "Asian Lottery Award" <>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2009 23:50:50 +0800
Subject: Dear Winner

Asia Lottery Email Award 2009
No.10/11B, Jln Tun Razak,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 56000.



We the board members of Asia Lottery Email Award wish to send our
congratulatory message over the success of your Email Address emerging as a
lucky winning Email from our computer balloting held on the 20th of August
2009. This is a Millennium Scientific Computer Game in which email addresses
were used and it is also a promotional program aimed at encouraging internet
users; therefore you do not require to purchase a lottery ticket to
participate in this programme.

Your approved winning star price is to the tune of Us$643,815.00 (Six Hundred
& Fourty Three Thousand,Eight Hundred & Fifteen United States Dollars Only).
We have appointed an agent to process your claims with the paying finance
institution and so you are highly required to immediately forward your details
to them and we have as well stated the informations which you are expected to
provide below:

: Full Legal Names
: Contact Address
: Contact Tel/Fax Numbers
: Country of Citizenship
: Alternate Email Address{If Any}

Below is your winning details:

Ref No: AS/09/13/57/009/KL
Batch No: SLTO/7916/KL/AS
Lucky No: 06-117-010782
Serial No: KLUOTI/754236

Mr.Astrid Pedersen
Maandoi Security Services (Malaysia)
A4Jln Yam Tuan 70000 Seremban,
Seremban,Negeri Sembilan,70000,

The Validity period of your lottery winnings is for twenty(20) working days
hence you are expected to make your claims immediately as any claim not made
before this date will be tagged as unclaimed and will be used for our next
Lottery programme.

Note: You are advised to keep your winning details very confidential until the
lump sum prize is received in your account or through any convenient payment
mode deemed fit for you. This precautionary measure is to avoid multiple
applications on your winnings.

Yours sincerely

Noraliza Binti Ismail
{Program Cordinator}

Once more we congratulate you for being one of our lucky winners!!

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