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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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Please note about this email:

Fraud email example:

From: "switz lottery" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 15:53:13 +0000


Date: 14/12/2005,
Ref: 475061725,
Winning No: GB8701/LPRC


We are delighted to inform you of your prize release on the 17th september 2005 from the swizertland International Lottery program. Your name and your e-mail was attached to ticket number; 475061725 07056490902 serial number 7741137002 This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows 5-13-33-37-42 bonus number 17, which consequently won the lottery in the second category.

You hereby have been approved lump sum pay of US$3,000,000.00 (THREE MILLION DOLLARS) in cash credit file ref: ILP/HW 47509/02 from the total cash prize of US48, 000,000.00 shared amongst sixteen lucky winners, based on their category.

All participants were selected through a computer balloting system drawn form Nine hundred thousand names from Canada, Australia, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceanic as part of our international promotions program which is conducted annually.

This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by some multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have operational base.

Further more your name falls within our Africa representative office in Johannesburg, South Africa.As indicated in your play coupon and your prize of US$3,000,000.00 will be released to you from this regional branch office in Johannesburg. We hope with part of your
prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes for US$1.3 Billion international draw.

To begin your claim, please contact your claim agent;

Name: Mr.Doulas Mullers Mobile: (+27-78-131-2889.)

Johannesburg Regional Office:
123 Rivonia Road, morningside, Sandton Jhb
South Africa.

Please quote your reference, batch and winning number which can be found on the top left corner of this notification as well as your full names and address to help locate your file easily.

For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize released to you.This is part of our security protocol to avoid dual claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this program by non-participant or unofficial personnel.

Note, all winnings MUST be claimed with a specified date; otherwise all funds will be returned as Unclaimed and eventually donated to charity Congratulations once again on your winnings!

Best Regards

Zeb Brown

N.B. Anybody under the age of 18 cannot participate in this programme and any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification

Contact your claim agent. (Mr.Douglas Mullers) Mobile


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