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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, 18 Jan 2005 19:45:46 +0100


BATCH: 15/051/IP/ES

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Eurorocan Lottery International
programs held on the of 18 January 2005 Your e-mailaddress attachedto ticket
number 491446-457 with serial number 3880-98 drew lucky numbers 7-15-11-88-31-33
which consequently won in the 2nd category, you have therefore been approved
for a lump sum pay out of 150.000.00(Euro)One Hundred and Fifty Thousand
CONGRATULATIONS!!! Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that
you keep your winning information confidential untill your claims has been
processed and your money remitted into your accaunt. This is part of our
security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this
program by some participants All participants were selected through a computer
system drawn from over 10,000.00 company and 50,000,000 individual email
addresses and names from Middel East, Asia, Africa,Canada,Europe North America,Oceania
and around the world which is conducted annually as part our International
Promotions Program. This promotional program take place every three years.We
hope with part of your winning you will take part in our end of year 50
million Dollars internationallottery. To file for your claim,please contact
our fiduciary agent

Mr.Mr.Frank Dorek

Please, note that you will be required to pay for the issuance of your winning
certificate. Be notify also that all winnings must be claimed not later
thannd 29 January 2005. After this date a unclaimed funds wi be included
in the next take Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications
please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all
correspondence. Furthermore,should there be any change of address do inform
our agent as soon aspossible.Congratulations once more! from our members
of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional

program. Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.Sincerely

Miss.Isabels Jourg
(Lottery Coordinator)


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