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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: "Dayzer11nl Dayzer11nl" <>
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 09:38:44 +0000

Ref. Number: 515/212/6798
Batch Number: 33456733-BB67
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners
International programs held on the 18th of Sept, 2005. Your E-mail address
attached to ticket number 275114655666 with serial number 7665544drew lucky
numbers 7-654-87-876which consequently won in the 2nd category, you have
therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 500,000.00(FIVE HUNDRED
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning
information confidential until your claims has 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 over 20,000 company and 30,000,000 individual Email
addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program takes
place every three years.This lottery was promoted and sponsored by
Presidents of the World Largest softwares, we hope with part of your winning
you will take part in our next year USD50 million international lottery. To
file for your claim, please contact our FIDUCIAL Agent MR. Mark Meer of the
TEL: 0031-633-735-102
FAX: 0031-847-300-479
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 15th of Oct,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 all
correspondence. 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.
Sincerely yours,
Mrs. Melsy Debra
Lottery Coordinator.

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