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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: "Crystal Lottery International Lottery" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 16:11:48 +0200

MRS. Margaret Cole
Crystal Lottery International
Headquarters: 1a, Bexon Court Carlton
Nottingham shire Nottingham NG4 1SQ Essex
United Kingdom
Customer Service: 580 NCA 85914
Ref: EAASL/941OYI/04
Batch: 12/27/Du34


We happily announce to you the draw of the Crystal Lottery International
programs held on 3rd JANUARY 2005 in Essex United Kingdom.

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: B9564
75604545 188 with! Serial number 97560 drew the winning:
01/03/22/32/38/44/, which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of
1,100,000.00 (One million, One Hundred Thousand BRITISH
POUNDS) in cash credited to file KPC/9080118308/02.This is from a total cash
prize Of 33,000,000.00 Million British Pounds, shared amongst the first SIX
HUNDRED lucky winners in this category worldwide.

Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Crystal booklet
representative office in Africa as indicated in your play coupon. In view of
this, your 1,100,000.00 (One million, one Hundred Thousand BRITISH POUNDS)
would be released to you by our paying Bank, ABSA BANK, South Africa.

Our African agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the
release of your funds as soon as you contact him. All participants were
selected randomly from World Wide Website through computer draws system and
extracted from over 10,000,00 companies and individuals.

! This promotion takes place annually; for security reasons,you are advised
to keep your winning information
confidential till your claim is processed and your money
remitted to you. This is part of our precautionary measures to avoid double
claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by unscrupulous elements.

Please Note: To file for your claim, contact our
corresponding agent in South Africa as soon as you get this message for
quick and urgent release of your fund. Contact detail is as follows:

NAME Richard Vusi

TEL: + 27-73-9842-416

To avoid delays and complications, you are please advised to quote your
reference/batch numbers in all
correspondences with our designated agents or us.

Accept our congratulations once again

Yours Faithfully,
Margaret Cole
United Kingdom Zonal Co-coordinator

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