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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2004 09:05:29 -0800

E.A.A.S Lottery Headquarters:
Customer Service
567 Ashgroove Crescent
Hull, England HU5 1JA
Euro - Afro Asian Sweepstake Lottery
an Affiliate of Watergate Inc.
Arena Complex Km 18 Route de Rufisque
I.P.P Award Dept.
Johannesburg, South Africa.
Ref: EAASL/941OYI/02
Batch: 12/25/DC34
Date: 14-09-04
We happily announce to you the draw of the Euro - Afro
Asian Sweepstake Lottery International programs held
on the 1st of May 2003 in Dakar Senegal. Your e-mail
address attached to ticket number: 564 75600545 199
with Serial number 5388/04 drew the lucky numbers:
31-6-26-13-66-7, which subsequently won you the
lottery in the 2nd category.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum
of US$1,000,000.00 (One million United States Dollars) in cash credited
file PC/9080228308/04. This is from a total cash prize
US $ 25 Million dollars, shared amongst the first
Fifty (25) lucky winners in this category.

Please note that your lucky winning number falls
within our European booklet representative office in
Europe as indicated in your play coupon.

In view of this, your US$1,000,000.00 (One million United States Dollars)
would be
released to you by our security firm in Europe. Our
European agent will immediately commence the process
facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you
contact him.

All participants were selected randomly from World
Wide Web site through computer draw system and
extracted from over 100,000 companies and 100,000 personal Email Addresses.

This promotion takes place annually. For security
reasons, you are advised to keep your winning
information confidential till your claims is processed
and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you
deem fit to
claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary
measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse
of this program by some unscrupulous
elements. Please be warned.

To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary
Mr. Andy Robert
Greengate Inc
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
quote your reference/batch numbers in any
correspondences with us or our designated agent.

Congratulations once more from all members and staffs
of this program.
Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery


Mrs.Susan Patrick.
AFRO-ASIAN Zonal Coordinator.

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