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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: "Mrs Jody Nunn" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2010 14:35:50 +0100
Subject: Congratulations!

Asia Pacific Lottery Association
Prize Award Notification

We are happy to inform you of the announcement made on the 16th of

August, 2010 in reference to the winners of the Asia Pacific Lottery and

as part of our promotional draws protocol, all participants were

selected through a computerized ballot system drawn from 2,500,000

email addresses of various individuals and companies.
Note that you/your email address qualified for the draw as a result of

your visiting various websites affiliated with our e-business

promotions, and as attached to the ticket number 230-365-3071, with

serial number 710-43 which drew the lucky numbers 8, 5, 6, 24, 19, 34

and bonus number 51 to consequently qualify you for the second category

of the Asia Pacific Lottery Draw.

Your Winning Ticket Number is as follows : 230-365-3071
Your Serial Number : 710-43
Your lucky draw Numbers are : 8, 5, 6, 24, 19, 34
Your bonus: Number 51
Your Insurance Number: FLD718/470D/GMSA

Your winnings have therefore been approved for payment of the sum of

$800,000,00 USD in cash, which is the winning amount for the Second

category winners and this is from the total prize money of

US$3,450,000.00 to be shared among the various winners in the Second

category of the lottery draw. Please be informed that your Check of the

sum of $800,000.00 USD is now available, as it has been insured with

the email address which won you this prize, hence, you are advised to

contact ( JPMorgan Securities ) your paying agent and give them your

full names/info, so they can re-insure your Check under your full names

and identification as provided by you.

To commence your claim, contact your claims agent immediately with the

address below.

Ray Bashford
Regional Head, Asia Pacific
JPMorgan Securities

For security reasons, we advice that all winners keep this information

confidential until his/her claim is processed as this is part of our

security protocol to avoid dual claiming of winnings or any

complication, you are also advised to remember to quote your reference

and batch numbers accordingly, as well as all other information

provided for you in this email as you correspond subsequently with your

claims agent to receive your winnings.

Congratulations! once again from all our staff and thanks for being

part of our promotions program for 2010.

Mrs Jody Nunn
Secretariat Administrator

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