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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: "lottery award" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 16:34:49 +0200
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS FOR YOUR WINNING-world cup lottery award

South African 2010 World cup lottery Award
Lottery Headquarters: 31, Brixon
Court Carlton East Gate
Batch: ( 13/26/DC36.)

Dear Sir/Madam,

South African 2010 World cup lottery Award

We happily announce to you the draw of South African 2010 World cup lottery
Award International programme held in Zurich, Switzerland. Your e-mail
address attached to ticket number: ( B9665 75604546 199 ) with Serial
number (97560) drew the winning:(60/84/27/17/36), which subsequently confer
on you the lottery award in the 2nd category.Your name have therefore been
selected and approved to claim a total sum of Two million United States
Dollars US$(2,000,000m)in cash credited to file (KPC/9030108308/03 ).This is
from a total cash prize of Two hundred million United States Dollars
US$(200,000,000m),shared among the first hundred(100)lucky winners in this
category world-wide. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within
our lottery booklet representative office in South Africa as indicated in
the play coupon.

In view of this, your Two Million United States Dollars(US$2,000,000m) would
be released to you by our bank manager immediately he commence the
processing to facilitate the release of your fund as soon as you contact
him. Also your claim includes with free flight ticket and one month hotel
reservation in one of the five star hotel. All participants were selected
randomly from World Wide Website through computer draw system and extracted
from over hundred thousand(100,000) companies and individual email

The lottery programme took place to promote South Africa (2010 world cup
award).For security reasons,you are advised to keep your winning
information confidential till your claims are processed and your money
remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.This is
part of our pre-cautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted
abuse of this programme by some unscrupulous elements.

(Please be warned)
To file for your claim, please contact our banking Manager immediately you
read this message for quick and urgent release of your fund.His conatct
information is as follows:

Direct line:+27 73 137 1353

Please be informed that all winning must be claimed on or before 30 days of
this notification to avoid unnecessary delays and complications.Please quote
your reference /batch numbers in any correspondence with us or our
designated agent.


Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery programme.


President Nelson Mandela (chairman)

Molefi OLIPHANT (President)

Albert MOKOENA(Chief Operations Officer)

Danny JORDAAN(Chief Executive Officer)

Yours faithfully,

Mr David Kumalo (Zonal Co-ordinator)


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