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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: "Mr. John White" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2005 18:37:13 +0000

Date: 19 - 12 - 2005
Ref Nr: PBL/CN/6654/CP

BATCH Nº: 14/0017/1PD


Dear Consolation Prize Winner,
The POWERBALL INTER LOTTO BV, Nigeria; lotto e-games
Organizers and sponsors, officially notify you of the final draw result
of the Power ball Lotto - Wheel E-game draw held on 17th AUGUST 2005. All
draws where conducted at our international corporate office complex in
The Netherlands.
We wish to congratulate you on the selection of your email coupon
number, which was selected among the 7 lucky consolation prize winners.
Your email ID identified with Coupon No.PBL2348974321 and was selected
by Electronic Random Selection System (ERSS) with entries from the
50,000 different email addresses enrolled for the Lotto-Wheel E-game.
Your email ID included among the 50,000 different email addresses where
submitted by our partner international email provider companies.
You have won a consolation cash prize of US $50,000,000 (fifty million US
Dollars Only). The POWERBALL INTER LOTTO BV, have approved
the payout of your consolation cash prize which will be remunerated
directly to you by the official Payment Agency to released your payment via
international certified bank draft.
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 more information on claim of your prize, please
contact the DPU Information Officer
NAME: Mr. Kevin
Be advice to keep you’re winning information confidential until your claims
has been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our
security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this
Congratulations once again from all our staffs on your consolation
prize winning, we hope you will partake in our forth-coming Power ball
Lotto-Wheel Email-games.

Mrs. Miriam Ogo,
Executive. (Nigeria Lottery Intern.)

Mr. Obinna(Secretary), Mr. Gerald Goodman (Manager Foreign Operations), Mr.
Louis Steven (DPU Information Officer), Dr. James Williams (Director
International Credit Department), Mrs. Marian Matthew(Executive), Mr.
Michael Cole (Executive), Mr. Stephen Boer (Chairman).
Copyright © 2005 Nigeria Lottery International
NB: In accordance with the POWERBALL LOTTO -wheel E-games policy and
regulations, this notification is dispatched directly to only the 7
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.
All winning must be claimed not later than 29th October 2005. After this
date all unclaimed funds will be returned to European Union Treasury as
unclaimed. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications please remember to quote your reference number in all


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