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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: "vera white" <>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2005 14:27:31 +0000

The Marina Offices,
upon Tyne, NE6 1HX

Dear Winner,


We are please to announce you as one of the 10 lucky winners in the
FreeLotto draw held on the 15th september 2005 . Your e-mail address
attached to ticket number FL754/22/76 with reference number
FL/04/736207152/UK drew winning numbers 37-13-43-85-67-11 and lotto code
number FL09622UK, which consequently won in the 2nd category via our
electronic ticket as stated above. You have therefore been
approved for a pay out of 1,000,000.00 (One Million Pounds).


Total funds have now been deposited and insured with our affiliate security
firm for transfer into your nominated bank account either by means of wire
transfers through any of our correspondent banks or any other means suitable
to you. We also advice that you keep your winning information very
confidential as our security policy demands to avoid double
claims/impersonation and unwarranted abuse of this program by some

All participants were selected through a random computer ballot system drawn
from over 800,000 company and 1,000,000 individual email addresses and names
from all over the world. This promotional program takes place annually and
we hope with part of your winning you will take part in our next year ?20
Million Pounds International Lottery.

Please contact the underlisted claims officer as soon as possible for the
immediate release of your winnings:

Robert Kirton
Chief financial Director
The Freelotto Company

For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated
account of your choice.Remember,you must contact your claims officer not
later than one week from the receipt of this mail.After this date, all funds
will be included in our subsequent program coming up later in 2005.All
correspondences to ROBERT KIRTON by email should have this email sent along
with it and also, your email address to which this email is sent,should be
clearly and boldly written in your response.

This lottery is promoted and sponsored by software corporations and other
private organizations to help individuals generate fortunes which would
encourage them to expand their business frontiers thereby creating more
opportunities and assisting with humanitarian concerns within their
immediate environment. Please Note that winnings must be claimed not later
than 30th of september 2005. After this date all unclaimed funds will be
included in our subsequent program coming up later in 2005. In order to
avoid complications always quote your reference number in all

Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform us as soon as
possible. Congratulations from our organization and thank you for being part
of our promotional program.

N.B: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified from this

Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our
promotions program.


Vera White
Promotions Manager
The Lotto company
UK & Europe.


The FreeLotto Awards is proudly sponsored by the Microsoft Corporation,the
Intel Group,Toshiba, Dell computers,Mckintosh and a conglomeration of other
IT companies.The freelotto internet draw is held once in a 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 at 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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