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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:

From: "GOLDEN NATIONAL LOTTERY" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2004 11:57:41 -0700

Golden National Lottery International Agency
Consumer Affairs Shellbridge Way Richmond
Suite 800 Winnipeg Manitoba
An Affiliate Of The Department Of National Lottries
28 February Road Accra Ghana 10760
We are pleased to announce to you the draw of the Golden National lottery
Programmes in Affiliation with the Department of national lottries
International programs held on the 5th of September in Accra Ghana.
In conjunction with the West African monetary institute a Ticket
number: 522/5390/800/NG attached to your e-mail address a which
subsequently won you the lottery in the 3rd category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of
US$1,000,000.00 (One Million United States Dollars). This is from a
total cash prize of US$12,000,000.00(Tweve Million dollars,
shared amongst the first Twelve (12)lucky winners in this category.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Afrian
booklet representative office in Accra Ghana (Africa) 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 Global National Lottery
Agency (OFFICE)in Accra Ghana Africa. Our Africa Agent will immediately
commence the process to 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
individuals and companies. This promotion taking place now as we shall commence sales of ticket by next year.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information
confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to
you. 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 in for your claim, please contact our Africa Agent:
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, you are to contact DR.JESSE FREEMAN with the followings details below:
1. Your full names, telephone, contact address and
2. Quote your Ticket number 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 program.

Dr. Susan Thomas
Zonal Coordinator

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