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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: "Free Lotto" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 11:46:48 +0000

Free lotto Headquarters:
Customer Service
Award Dept.
Ref No: FL/550/05NL
Batch No: 6677-05734
We happily announce to you the draw of the Free Lotto International programs
held on the 19th of Setember, 2005. Your e-mail address attached to ticket
number: 564 75600545 188 with Serial number 5388/02 drew the lucky numbers:
31-6-26-13-35-7, which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of
US$1,000,000.00(One million, United States Dollars) in cash credited to file
KPC/9080118308/02/TCA. This is from a total cash prize of US $25 Million
dollars shared amongst the lucky winners in this grand category.
This year Lottery Program Jackpot is the largest ever for Free Lottery. The
estimated $125 million jackpot would be the sixth-biggest in free lotto
history. The biggest was the $363 million jackpot that went to two winners
in a May 2000 drawing of The Big Game Mega Millions’ predecessor. Please
note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet
representative office in Europe as indicated in our play coupon. In view of
this, your US$1,000,000.00 (One million United States Dollars) would be
released to you physically by our affiliate Bank. Our agent will immediately
commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds to you as soon
as you make contact with him. All participants were selected randomly from
'World Wide Web' site through computer draw system and extracted from over
100,000 companies. This promotion takes place annually. For security
reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till
your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner
you deem fit to claim your prize. This is a part of our precautionary
measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by
some unscrupulous elements. Please be warned. To file for your claim, please
contact our fiduciary agent with the below details for processing of your
NAME: LUCAS VAN VEEN (Payment Director)
PHONE NUMBER: +31- 619-054-650
FAX NUMBER: +31- 847-359-844
Email: or
Note that all claims process and clearance procedures must be duly completed
early to avoid impersonation arising to the issue of double claim. To avoid
unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your reference/batch
numbers in any correspondences with us or our designated agent.
Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this
Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Joyce kluiver
(Lottery Coordinator)
The Free Lotto Awards is proudly sponsored by the Microsoft Corporation, the
Intel Group, Toshiba, Dell Computers, Mackintosh and a conglomeration of
other international IT companies. The free lotto internet draw is held
quarterly every year and is so organized to encourage the use of the
internet and computers worldwide. We are proud to say that over 200 Million
Euros are won annually in more than 150 countries worldwide. We also
encourage you to visit our website and take your chance to
play and become part of our daily winners. Millions are won on a daily basis
on one of the world's most famous free lotto service.


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