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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: "Esmee Brice" <>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 22:05:33 +0000
Subject: 1st Price Winner

France-Lotto Lottery
Ref: FR/JKP/2005
Batch No.: 05/84
Winning No.: 20-21-24-32-37-38/7
Draw Schedule: 19 Oct 2005


We happily announce to you the draws of the France-Lotto Lottery programs
held on the 19th of October 2005 here in Paris - France in which you and
seven (7) other provisional winners were selected as winners under Batch No.
05/84 in Category II. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:
981135JKP drew the lucky numbers: 20-21-24-32-37-38/7, which subsequently
won you the 1st price. See
( for further
clarifications. All participants were selected randomly through computer
ballot draw system and from 5,000 individuals. You have therefore been
granted provisional approval to claim a total sum of €1,826,461.00 Euros
(One Million, Eighty Hundred and Twenty-Six Thousand, Four Hundred and
Sixty-One Euros) as your winning prize. This is from a total prize pool
(Jackpot) of 3,000,000 Euros. In line with this, your €1,826,461.00 Euros
will be paid to you upon confirmation and clarification by our claims agents
in United Kingdom that you have been assigned to for convenience and to
forestall any language difficulty. The agents will immediately commence the
process to facilitate the release of your winnings as soon as you contact

Do please quote your Batch, Reference and Winning numbers in any
correspondence with our designated agent. Please include your telephone
number(s) when contacting the agent.

Mr. Owen Smith
Capital Credit & Trust Ltd
London, United Kingdom.
Tel: 44 703 193 0578
44 703 193 0573
Fax: 44 870 139 8800

Reply the agents through any of the email addresses listed below:

Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this program and
thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.

Sincerely yours,

Esmee Brice (Ms.)
Results Coordinator.

N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to
Disqualification. Please do not reply to this email rather contact your
claim agent. Note also that you are automatically disqualified if you are
below 18 years of age.

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