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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "" <>
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2005 14:30:23 +0000 (UTC)

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners Internationalprograms held on the th of 27Oct, 2005.Your e-mail address attached to ticketnumber 705-454-33-770-1812-11 with serial number 345-009 000 drew lucky numbers9-76-707-959-960- 20which consequently wonin the 2nd category, you have thereforebeen approved for a lump sumpay out of US$800,000.00 (Eight Hundred Thousand United StatesDollars) CONGRATULATIONS!!! Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winninginformation very confidential till your claims has been processed and yourprize/money Remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarrantedabuse of this program by some participants. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn fromover 200,000,000 company and 600,000,000 individual email addresses and namesfrom all over the world. This promotional program takes place annually. We hope with part of your winning you will take part in our next year USD400 million international lottery. To file for your claim, please contact our/your fiducial agentDR.MORIS DO of the,UNITRUST TRUST AGENCYTEL: +31-617-620-766, Note that all winning must be claimed not later than 11th Nov, 2005. Afterthis date all unclaimed, funds will be included in the next stake. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications pleaseremember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence. Furthermore,should there be any change of address do inform our agent assoon as possible. Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for beingpart of our promotional program. Note: Anybody under the age of 20 is automatically disqualified. Sincerely yours,MRS.SEMOING COR.Lottery Coordinator.

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