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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: "Alpha Lottery" <>
Date: Mon, 01 Aug 2005 18:21:09 -0500
Subject: World Gaming Board


BACTH NO: ATP/44863214257/3445328/563
REF. NO. ATP/29031392620/426376R/6542

This is to inform you of the release of the E-MAIL LOTTERY BALLOT INTERNATIONAL/ WORLD GAMING BOARD held on the 5th of July, 2005. Due to the mix up of number, the results were released on the 27th of July, 2005. Your name attached to ticket number 6793023 with serial number 90113759 drew the lucky numbers of 09-81-81-72-71 which consequently won the lottery in the 1st category.

You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDREND THOUSAND POUNDS ONLY in cash which is deposited with a Finance Bannk in your favour as beneficiary and covered with HIGH INSURANCE POLICY

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims have 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 only Microsoft users from over 20,000.00 companies and 3,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world.

To begin your lottery claim, please contact our agent below that has been appointed for the processing of your claim with your contact telephone and fax number to begin the processing of your claim:

Alpha Lottery Payment Office London United Kingdom
CONTACT NAME: Andrew Gordon
Tell: 447900006950
Fax: 448701348483

Note that all winning must be claimed not later than 26th of August 2005. After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications
please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in allcorrespondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do 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 is automatically disqualified.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs. Vern Phillip


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