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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: London Lottery <>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 03:30:55 -0700 (PDT)

Ref. Number: 919347/749-0
Batch Number: 3566465021-0TA/03


We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners International program held in Dominican Republic on the 25TH JANUARY 2005.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number G276017-487 with Serial Number 493-678 drew lucky numbers 7-28-87-65-69-73, which consequently WON in the 1st category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$1m (one MILLION US DOLLARS)


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 20,000,000 company and 30,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world.
This promotional lottery program takes place every three years and is being sponsored by Bill Gates, President of the World Larges software.

We hope with part of your winning you will take part in our next subsequent stake that will be held in August 2005: US$20 Million to be won in the international lottery.
To file for your claim, please contact our Fiduciary/Processing Agent Rev. john Smith. Who is our accredited representative for the processing and legal documentations of your claim. you can reach him at (

Please be aware that the Paying Bank will Effect Payment Swiftly upon satisfactory Report, Verifications and validation provided by our processing Agent; that would be designated to your file. Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 10th of August 2005.

After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake. Please note that in order to avoid unnecessary delay and complications kindly remember to quote your reference information in all correspondences. Furthermore, should there be any change of contact information,please inform our Agent as soon as possible.
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 years is AUTOMATICALY DISQUALIFIED from this and subsequent lotteries.

Yours Sincerely,


Lottery Coordinator

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