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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, 19 Jan 2005 16:22:14 -0800
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?A=20Lucky=20day?=



We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery
Winners International programs held on this (2004)year.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number
436425795822-5022 with serial number 6614102,batch number
8561513507,lottery ref number 7675213911 and drew lucky
numbers 7-9-4-17-34-44 which consequently won in category
C, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you
keep your winning information confidential until your
claims has been processed and your money Remitted to you.
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 ballot system drawn from over 40,000 company and
10,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all
over the world.

This promotional program takes place every year. This
lottery was promoted and sponsored by Association of
software producers. we hope with part of your winning,you
wil l take part in our next year US$10 million
international lottery.

Remember, all winning must be claimed fast and urgent.

Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications please remember to quote your reference
number and batch numbers in all correspondence.You can also
contact us through our alternate address which is

Congratulations once more from our members of staff and
thank you for being part of our promotional program.

Note: Any form of delay will only jeopardise your winning.A
Lucky day. Please Take Note

Yours Sincerely,

Lottery Authority

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