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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: "UK-South Africa Lottery Organization" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <jonathanmobo_002@yahoo.com.hk>
Date: Sun, 25 Aug 2013 01:46:40 -0400
Subject: UK-SOUTH AFRICA LOTTO ONLINE WINNINGS NOTIFICATION OF US$4.6M...

UK-SOUTH AFRICA LOTTERY ORGANIZATION
TICKET FREE/ONLINE E-MAIL ADDRESS WINNINGS DEPARTMENT.
UK-SOUTH AFRICA LOTTO ONLINE WINNINGS NOTIFICATION OF US$4.6M.


If you are the correct owner of this email address,Be glad this day as the result of the UK-SOUTH AFRICA Lottery Online E-mail Winnings draws and sweepstakes held in SOUTH AFRICA on the 28th July 2013 has just been released and we are glad to announce to you that your e-mail address has won you the lottery in the first category and you are entitled to claim the sum of US$4.6M.


Your email address was entered for the online draw on Lucky numbers KW9-283LMA-22, You are to contact Mr.Jonathan Mobo on the below email address for quick delivery of your won cheque of US$4.6M. All winners cheque are certified cashiers and are cashable in any country of any part of the world.



Contact Agent: Mr. Jonathan Mobo
Email-Address: (jonathanmobo_001@yahoo.com.hk)
Phone: +27-60400-1456
Fax:+27-86-556-1795


Yours Truly,
Co-ordinator.
UK-SOUTH AFRICA LOTTERY ORGANIZATION

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