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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: "omega lottery" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 15:15:26 +0200

Mrs Teresa Allan
Customer Service: 480 NCA1068
Ref: ZAWC/2010/WWW/04
Batch: 14/8052/DC04

Attention 4th Category,


We happily announce to you the draw of the South African National Omega
Lottery Promotion Programs held on the 9th of Novermber 2005 in Zurich,
Switzerland. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: B75904546220
with Serial number: 60124 drew the winning: 04/07/24/25/40/42 which
subsequently won you the lottery in the 4th category.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of
USD$2,200,000.00(Two Million, Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in
cash credited to file ZA/621825/04.This is from a total cash prize of
USD$220,000,000(Two hundred and Twenty Million United States Dollars) shared
amongst the first 100(One Hundred)lucky winners in this category world-wide.

Please note that your lucky winning numbers falls within our Afro booklet
representative office in Southern Africa as indicated in your play coupon.
In view of this, your winnings of US$2,200,000.00(Two Million, Two Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars) will be remitted to you in
whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. Our corresponding
office/agent in Southern Africa will facilitate the release of your funds as
soon as you contact them.

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn and
extracted from over 100,000 e-mail ID of individuals and companies on the
world wide web sites to
promote South Africa & 2010 World Cup Award. For security reasons, you are
advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is
processed and your money remitted to you.

This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous people. PLEASE BE
To file for your claim, please contact our Snr. Claims Manager.

Name Mr. Cliff Duma

Contact our Snr. Claims Manager immediately you read this message for quick
and urgent release of your winnings.

Please be informed that all winning must be claimed on or before 9th
December 2005. Always quote your reference/batch numbers in any
correspondences with our designated office/agents or us.


Mrs Teresa Allan.

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