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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 Board" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <mrbensonmiliton3@aol.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2011 17:08:01 -0400
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS YOUR EMAIL HAVE WON $ 500,000.00 USD (CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS AGENT NOW)

Date: 20/04/2011
Ref: I1LP/HW 46704/03
Batch: 8056490902/188
Winning Numbers 1 2 26 30 40 21

AWARD NOTIFICATION: FINAL NOTICE

Attn: Winner,

We are pleased to inform you of the Australian International Lottery Programme result held on the 25th of March 2011 from the Australian International
Lottery programme. Which is fully based on an electronic selection of winners using their e-mail addresses. Your name was attached to ticket number;
65506172523564609102 Serial Number 67749137002. This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows 2-9-23-35-46 bonus number 14, which consequently won the lottery
in the second category. You are here approved a lump sum pay of USD $ 500,000.00 (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS) in cash credit file ref:
ILP/HW 46704/03 from the total cash prize shared amongst Eight lucky winners in this category.

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money is
remitted to your nominated bank. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claims and unwarranted abuse of this programme by some participants.

All participants where selected through a computer/mail balloting system drawn from Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from Canada, Australia, United
States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our international promotions program which is conducted annually. This Lottery was promoted
and sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational companies and also the Australian Government as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in
the communities where they have operational base.

Further more your details (e-mail address) falls within our European representative office in Amsterdam, Holland, as indicated in your play coupon and your
prize of USD $500,000.00 will be released to you from our regional branch office in LONDON. We hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our end
of year high stakes for USD $2.3 Million international draw.

HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE:
Simply contact our claims agent
MR BENSON MILTON
E-MAIL: mrbensonmiliton3@aol.com

TEL: +447045710774

To file for your claim.
Please quote your Date of draw,Reference Number, Batch Number and Winning Number, which can be found on the top-left corner of this message. Also, you
should give in the following Details to help locate your file easily.

*******************************************************
Name.....................................
Address................................
Country...............................
Date of birth.......................
Sex....................................
Amount won.....................
Occupations.......................
Cell phone number..........
Home phone number......
Fax number.......................
********************************************************

For security reasons,
we advice all winners to keep this information confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize has been released to you and also
to the public.

This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this programme by non-participant or unofficial
personnel.

Congratulations once again on your winning!

BEST REGARDS
ROSE ADAMS (MRS)
(LOTTERY COORDINATOR)

PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL.
CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS AGENT AT :
MR BENSON MILTON
E-MAIL: mrbensonmiliton3@aol.com
TEL: +447045710774

ANY BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON YOUR PART WILL RESULT TO DISQUALIFICATION

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