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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: "theresavanprunk theresavanprunk" <>
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 08:11:31 +0000

POWERBALL LOTTO -wheel E-game 2005,
Date: 23rd-October-2005
Ref Nr: PBL/CN/7754/CP
Dear Consolation Prize Winner,


Europe/America private international e-games organizers and co-sponsors,
POWERBALL LOTTO Group International, officially bring to your notice of the
final draw result of the 23rd October-2005 POWERBALL LOTTO -wheel E-game
which was conducted at our international corporate office complex in The

Most recently this foundation set up the NEW LOTTERY SCHEME to give out
prizes based on COMPUTER BALLOT SYSTEM. By doing this the foundation seek to
encourage the use of Internet for academic and business pursuits. It major
aim is to promote music, theater, art, literature, projects in the social
and political arena with a focus on health, as well as science, research,
and higher education. We wish to congratulate and inform you on the
selection of your email coupon number which was selected among the 45 lucky
consolation prize winners. Your email ID identified with coupon No.
PBL4548974321 and was selected by our E-games Random Selection System (ERSS)
with entries from the 50,000 different email addresses enrolled for the
Your email ID was included among the 50,000 different email addresses
submitted by our partner international email provider companies.

You have won a consolation cash prize of US $ 500,000.00 (Five hundred
thousand US Dollars) only. The POWERBALL LOTTO Group. BV, have approved a
payout of your consolation cash prize which will be remunerated directly to
you by the official Payment Agency Board. Our DUE PROCESS UNIT (DPU) will
render to you complete assistance and provide additional information and
processes for the claims of your consultation prize. For due processing of
your winning claim, please contact the DPU Information/ file Officer:
Mr.Janick Hills who has been assigned to assist you.

Contact E-mail:
TEL: +31-650-892-317,
Fax: +31-847-580-560.

Remember,your winning must be claimed not later than 08-11-05. After this
date, claim will be return as unclaim fund.

Once again congratulations from all our staffs on your consolation prize
winning, we hope you will partake our forth coming POWERBALL LOTTO -wheel

Mrs. Theresa Prunk,
(Group Coordinator)

Note: It has come to our attention that fraudulent emails are being sent
out from the Netherlands by some group of people. These emails are NOT from
Powerball -wheel Email-games or the Multi-State Lottery Association. These
emails may claim that the recipient has won a prize in Powerball -wheel
Email-games or Australian Powerball, the Netherlands Powerball or some other
non-existent international version of Powerball. These emails may include
our name, our logo and links to a copy of an old Powerball web page as we
are working seriously to ensure security on our web page.

In accordance with the POWERBALL LOTTO -wheel E-games policy and
regulations, this notification is dispatched directly to only the 45 lucky
consolation prize Winners. This notification also contains information that
is proprietary, privileged or confidential or otherwise legally exempt from
disclosure. If you are not the right recipient whose email address attached
to the lucky numbers along with the winning information’s you are not
authorized to read, print, retain, copy or disseminate this notice or any
part of it.

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