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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:

Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2005 19:03:20 +0000
Subject: Congratulations!!!

SKL-Günther, Kronacher Str.60              
D-96052 Bamberg

Reference Number: SKL/Millionenformel/05/1288
Batch: SKL/25/8787

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the SÜDDEUTSCHE KLASSENLOTTERIE PROGRAM. Your Email address attached to ticket number 0836391 with serial number 25-8787 drew the lucky numbers 4-18-24-30-31-35 which consequently won the lottery in the 1st category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of €1,000,000.00 (One Million EUROS) in cash credited to file SKL/Millionenformel/05/1288. This is from a total cash prize of €50 Million Euros shared amongst the first fifty (50) lucky winners in this category.  All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names and email addresses from all continent of the world as part of our international promotions program which we conduct twice every year.
This year Lottery Program Jackpot is the largest ever for SÜDDEUTSCHE KLASSENLOTTERIE. The estimated €50 million jackpot would be the sixth-biggest in Europe history. The biggest was the €363 million jackpot that went to two winners in a Febuary 2000 drawing of The Big Game Mega Millions' predecessor.
Your fund is now deposited in an offshore bank with a hardcover insurance. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we advice that you keep this award from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your nominated bank account as this is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of this program by the general public.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in London. In view of this, your €1,000,000.00 (One Million Euros) would be released to you by our affiliate bank in Europe. Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds to you as soon as you make contact with him.
To begin your claim please contact your claims agent:
Mr.Walters Richardson
Foreign Services Manager,Payment and Release Order Dept.
De La Rue Sistemas Informáticos GmbH & Co.
Phone: +44-703-184-4104
Fax:    +44-870-068-8245

Your claims agent will assist you in the processing and remittance of your prize funds into your designated bank account.
Note that all prize funds must be claimed not later than One month. After this date all funds will be returned to the LOTTERY TREASURY as unclaimed. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please endeavor to quote your Reference Number:SKL/Millionenformel/05/1288 and Batch numbers:SKL/25/8787 in every correspondence with your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change in your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations once again from all members of our staff and thanks for being part of our promotions program.

Yours faithfully,
Mrs.Violletta Kclose.
Promotions Manager.

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