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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: " Chevrolet Company Promotion" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <chev_promoclaimsdpt@yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2004 13:39:05 +0530
Subject: EURO MILLIONS INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROMOTION

EURO MILLIONS INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROMOTION
PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT.
REFERENCE: EML / IPP/1555002244/05
BATCH: ES34/044/ ILP /SL
RE: WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL NOTICE


Dear Lottery Winner,

We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer balloting held on 22nd May 2011.This is a Millennium Scientific Computer Game in which email addresses were used. It is a promotional program aimed at encouraging the effective use of internet; therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for it. You have been approving for the star prize of 1000, 000, 00 Euros. (One million Euros Only)

Your =E-mail address attached to Serial Number 22221415366-609 with Lucky Star Numbers 03 44 04, Winning Number 04 05 23 25 28 which =consequently won in the 2nd category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 1,000,000.00 Euros. (one million Euros Only).
YOUR Email ADDRESS HAS WON

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
DO KEEP IT CONFIDENTIAL.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 100,000,000, company emails and 50,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world. This lottery was promoted and Sponsored by Sultan of Brunei, Bill Gates of Microsoft Inc, Shell Company With the support of European corporate companies and organizations to encourage the use of Internet and computers worldwide and to eradicate poverty from the world

To claim your winning prize you are to contact the appointed claim agent as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings with your VERIFICATION FORM information below:

DR.ROBINSON CLIFF
CONTACT CLAIMS AGENT ON TELEPHONE: .
ID. chev_promoclaimsdpt@yahoo.com.au

Claims Agent Tel: +44 -7010042378


Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than TWO WEEKS, after this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference Number and Batch Numbers in all correspondence.

Congratulations once more!! ! !! !!!! !!!!!.

REMEMBER, YOU HAVE TO CONTACT YOUR CLAIM AGENT WITH YOUR VERIFICATION FORM BELOW TO ENABLE HIM PROCESS YOUR PRIZE MONEY IMMEDIATELY.

VERIFICATION FORM
1. FULL NAMES:
2. ADDRESS:
3. SEX:
4. AGE:
5. MARITAL STATUS:
6. OCCUPATION:
7. NATIONALITY:
8. TELEPHONE NUMBER:
9. COUNTRY:
10. SERIAL NUMBER:
11. WINNING NUMBER:
12. REF NUMBER:
13. BATCH NUMBER:
14. AMOUNT WON:
15. CATEGORY:

ANY OTHER NOTIFICATION OF THIS NATURE RECEIVED BY ANY WINNER BEARING ANOTHER TRADE MARK OR CONTACT INFORMATION SHOULD BE IGNORED OR FORWARDED TO YOUR CLAIMS AGENT IMMEDIATELY, THIS WILL ENABLE US PUT A STOP TO ALL THIS ACTIVITIES OF FAKE LOTTERIES, REMEMBER TO QUOTE YOUR REGISTRATION NUMBER 975310

Sincerely yours,
Ms. Caroline Bennett
Director General

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