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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: "David Danti" <>
Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2004 20:48:23 -0800

Italia Internationale Sweepstakes Lottery
Derini Casani way,
Vanucci Award Department,
Via Meini 02-06,
4566 Torino,

Ref: IISL/4080318306/04
Batch: 23/05/EC11


It is my sincere pleasure to announce to you
the result of the draw of the Italia Intertionale
Sweepstakes Lottery International program
held on the 8th of october 2004 in London, UK.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:
with Serial number Z87968DX drew the lucky
numbers: 21-231-111-021, which subsequently won you
the lottery in the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total
of £850,000.00 (Eight Hundred and Fifty thousand
Great Britain Pounds)
in cash, credited to file with reference number
IISL/4080318306/04. This is from a total cash prize
£3.4 Million, shared amongst the first
four (4) lucky winners in this category.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls
within our European booklet representative office in
Italy as indicated in your play coupon.
In view of this, your £850,000.00 (Eight Hundred and
Fifty thousand Great Britain Pounds) would be
released to you by the paying Bank. Our European
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 the
Wide Web through a computer draw system using e-mail
addresses obtained from our affiliate companies.
This promotion
takes place annually.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your
winning information confidential till your claims
are 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 agent:
Mr. Giorgio Vanucci
The IISL Trust
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
quote your reference/batch numbers in any
correspondence with us or our designated agent.
Congratulations once more from all members and staff
of this program.
Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery
David Danti
IISL Zonal Coordinator.
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