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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: "Green Casinos & Maurilyn Lotteries," <>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 19:29:39 -0600

GreenCasinos & Maurilyn Lotteries,
Corporate Headquarters: Maliebaan 38-40, 3581CR,
Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Dear Sir/Madam,
With utmost joy, we are pleased to inform you of the result of the
GreenCasinos & Maurilyn Lotteries Inc. programs, held on the 4th, of November 2005, which drew a cash prize of $1,000,000.00. Your e-mail address attached to Ticket/Code number 0087411652337 with claim/reference number
085093785/92 drew these lucky numbers 007-49746-041-764-64-2091, which consequently won in the 1st category. You have been approved to receive a cash prize of $1,000,000.00 (One Million USD).
Be advised that due to incessant mix up in cash prize transfer to previous winners, we advise that you keep your winning information confidential until your claim has been processed and released to you. This security measure is critical; its a measure put in place to avoid double claims, transfer and unwarranted
abuse of this program by other participants.

participants were selected anonymously through a private ballot system (computer ballot) from over 35,000 companies and 70,000 individual e-mail addresses all over the world. At the final draw your e-mail address emerged as the winner of our last jackpot.
This is promotional program takes place bi-annually, and it is promoted and sponsored Orient software corporation (Orient Networks). It is met to reward some individuals and corporations who have devoted their time and resources surfing the world wide web (www) with their email addresses.
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 5 working days from today. After the expiration of that time frame, if your funds are unclaimed, it will be refunded to us and included in our next draws.
We hope you will use part of your cash prize to participate in our next $18million draws in March 2006.
Lastly, in order to avoid unnecessary delays/complications with the transfer of your funds to you, please always remember to quote your Code number in all correspondence with our paying bank (Deutsche Bank-Amsterdam). Furthermore, should there be any change of your present address, please notify us immediately so to make the appropriate adjustment.
Congratulations from the management and staffs of GreenCasinos & Maurilyn Lotteries.
Kindly, immediately, contact our Paying Bank (Deutsche Bank-Amsterdam) for your payment advice.
Send them following e-mail:
I……………(your names)…….., with e-mail address………..(your e-mail address)….., contact address………..(postal address)…….and code number:……….(quote your code number)…….is the winner of the last GreenCasinos & Maurilyn Lotteries, with a cash prize of $1,000,000.00. Kindly advise me with details of the process of the transfer of my cash prize within the next 5-working days.
Contact details of our Paying Bank:
Contact person: Mrs. Henriette Mark & Mr. Hermann-Josef Lamberti.
Department of Private Banking,
Deutsche Bank, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Tel:(+3164) 930 4794.
Fax: (+3184) 757 0357.
Yours in services,
Scott Frederic.
(Lottery Coordinator)
Note: Participants below 21 years are automatically disqualified.
All e-mail transmission/correspondence are 100% protected by our Secure Socket Layer (SSL) server.

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