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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: Wed, 15 Dec 2004 14:28:13 +0100

From: Eagle Eye Lottery International, London U.K.

Ref. Number: 132/756/4534
Batch number: 638901527-AMB/02

Sir/ Madam,

We are pleased to inform you of the lottery result winners,
International programmes held on 10th October, 2004.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn
from 25,000 company email addresses and 30,000,000 individual email
addresses from Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe, North America
and Asia as part of International Promotions Program, which is conducted
every three year, and your e-mail address was attached to ticket number
278511465896-6452 with your serial number 3772-554 drew you a lucky number
3-14-18-23-31-45 which consequently won in the first category, you are therefore
been approved for lump sum pay out of US$ 750,000.00 (Seven Hundred and
Fifty Thousand US Dollars) CONGRATULATIONS ! ! !

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, you are advised to keep your
winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and
your money remitted to your nominated bank. This is part of our security
protocol to avoid double claims and unwarranted abuse of this programme
by some participants. All participants were selected through an e-mail balloting.
This promotional programme takes place every three years.

To file for your claim, please contact our claim agent:
Mr. Dennis Scott E-mail address:-

Please be informed that NON RESIDENT of THE LONDON, U.K. will be
required to hire a qualified Lawyer (accredited) that will assist
him/her for the processing and legal documentation of the winning prize,
to enable our legal department acquire naturalization papers from the court
prior to award payment policy as required by the paying financial security

However, be aware that your paying authority will effect payment swiftly
upon satisfactory report, verifications and validation provided by our processing
agent; that would be designated to your file. For due processing and remittance
of your winning prize to your designated account of your choice. Remember,
all winning must be claimed not later than DECEMBER, 30th 2004. Please note,
in order to avoid unnecessary delay and complication, remember to quote
your reference number and batch number in all correspondence. Furthermore,
should there be any change of address do inform our agent
as soon as possible.

Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is AUTOMATICALY DISQUALIFIED.

Once again congratulations.

Best regards,

DR. Tom White
Lottery coordinator.


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