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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 Lottery Inc." <judichoko@yahoo.com>
Reply-To: directorjameserickson@fastwebmail.it
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 23:59:41 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: YOU HAVE WON $1,000,000.00 USD



FROM: THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE

AWARDS DEPARTMENT AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES LOTTERY

CORPORATION

REF: 475061725

Batch: 7056490902/188

Winning no: GB8701/LPRC



CONGRATULATION! CONGRATULATION!! YOUR E-MAIL HAS WON $1,000,000,00



Dear Sir/Madam,



We are delighted to inform you of your prize which was released on 20/08/2010. from the Australian International Lottery programmer, which is fully based on an electronic of winners using their e-mail addresses from some sites.



Your email address was attached to ticket number; 17212 and serial number 7741137002. This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows 5-13-33-37-42 and bonus number 17, which consequently won the lottery in the second category



This Lottery 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 an operational base. Furthermore, your details (e-mail address) falls within our UK regional office in LONDON as indicated in your play coupon and your prize of US$1,000,000.00 will be released to you from this regional branch office in UK/London, To file for your claim, please contact our director of finance. Contact the claim agent with this information below



PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU ARE TO SEND THE BELOW

INFORMATION REQUIRED TO CLAIM YOUR WINNING PRIZE:



1. Full Name: ..........................

2. Address: ........................

3. Nationality: .....................

4. Age: ...............................

5. Occupation: .......................

6. Phone: ..........Fax: ..............

7. State of Origin: ..............

8: Gender: ....................

9: CHOOSE DELIVERY OPTIONS:



DELIVERY OPTIONS:

(1): COME TO OUR OFFSHORE PAYMENT CENTER IN LONDON.

(2): BY OUR COURIER FIRM,



THE CLAIMS AGENT CONTACT

Name: Director. James Erickson

EMAIL: directorjameserickson@fastwebmail.it



Note: all winnings MUST be claimed before two weeks, otherwise all

funds will be returned as unclaimed and eventually donated to charity

organizations.



YOURS FAITHFULLY,

Mr.Hans William.

Publicity Maneger.



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