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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: Omega Lottery <>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 03:34:28 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Congratulations!YOU HAVE WON!! Global OMega Lottery

Dear: Sir/Madam
we are pleased to inform you of the announcement today, of Winners of the Global Omega Lottery SouthAfrica/International Programmer, held on  monday,  DECEMBER  14 2009 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 Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, and New Zealand as part of our Electronic business Promotions Program.
You qualified for the draw as a Result of you visiting various websites we are running the e-business Promotions for. You/Your Company, attached to ticket number 100-309-7482, with serial number 513-10 drew the lucky numbers 37-7-10-39-30-21 bonus 8 And consequently won in the 3rd Category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$1,950,000.00 in cash, which is the winning payout for 1st category winners. This is  From the total prize money of US$13,650,000.00 shared among the Seven  International winners in the 2ND category.
Your fund is now deposited with the Global Omega Lottery Finance and Company Insured in your name. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask That you keep this secretly from public notice until your claim has been Processed and your money remitted to your account.
This is part of our Security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by Participants of this program. We hope with a part of your prize, you will Participate in our end of year (2009) high stakes US$1.3 billion International Lottery.
To begin your claim, please contact your claim agent immediately. MR.  Charles Baloyi Foreign Service Manager, Universal Building, 132 - 133 Park Hurst Balfour - Unite 1440 Johannesburg, Gauteng 2001 South Africa.
TEL:+ 27- 730 274 554
Responding Email Address;
For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated Account of your choice. Remember, you must contact your claim agent not Later than 28- 08- 2009. After this date, all funds will be returned as Unclaimed. NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers provided below in every one of your correspondences with your claims agent. REFERENCE NUMBER: FLS-ZR39-825P-4, BATCH NUMBER: 74-263-BBN.
Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.
the Promotional Manager
Global Omega Lottery Pty Ltd
Universal Building, 132 - 133 Park Hurst
Balfour -Unite 1440 Johannesburg, Gauteng 2001 N.B. Any breach of Confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to Disqualification.
Please do not reply to this mail box.
Contact your claims agent through his email contact above,

Congratulations!YOU HAVE WON!! Global OMega Lottery

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