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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: "lotto draw" <>
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2005 00:16:54 -0800

Private Bag X50, Auckland Park, 2006
Johannesburg, South Africa
Tel: +27 83-734-7092

The International Mega Promotion team is proud to inform you that you have
won USD 930,000.00 Why you have won Your E-mail address is one of 200 lucky
Addresses who have won in the weekly Promotion.
See below how to claim your prize.
Details on the Winnings
Your Winning Reference Number is: IMP/73253ZA/2005 Batch Number:
I wish to Congratulate you on your victory, you are a lucky person to have
won this lottery. Your email address was amongst those chosen this quarter
from our new java-based software that randomly selects email addresses from
the web from which winners are selected.
You are required to forward the following details to help facilitate the
processing of your claims and certificate which will facilitate the Your
winning price is to the tune of 930 Thousand dollar.
1. Full names.
2. Phone number.
3. Fax number.
4. Occupation.
5. Sex.
6. Age.
7. Country.
8)country of resident
Remember, you must contact your claim agent Mr Baloyi,Call him and claim
your prize after calling him send your refrence and batch number and all the
above informations to his email address and call him to let him know that
you have contacted him through email.
Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part
of our promotions program.
for claiming of your prize and remember to quote your reference and Batch
Number for easy processing of your prize. That's it!

Processing Manager: Mr. Fana Baloyi

Tel : +27 83-734-7092
Congratulations again and have a lot of fun. The International Mega
Promotion team


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