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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 10:33:31 +0200
Subject: Congratulation, Your winning notification


Ref: 475061725,
Winning No: GB8701/LPRC


We are delighted to inform you of your prize releaseon the 18 march 2006 from the
Australian International Lottery program. Your name and your e-mail was attached to
ticket number; 47061725 07056490902 serial number 7741137002 09/01/2004 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$2,000,000.00 (TWO MILLION DOLLARS)
in cash credit file ref: ILP/HW 47509/02 from the total cash prize of US32, 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$2,000,000.00 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 Benise Zuma.
Moblle: +27-83-739-2944.

Office Address: Old Mutual Building, Henley Road
AUCKLAND PARK Gauteng / 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

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 todisqualification

Please Contact your claim
MR Benise Zuma. Moblle: +27-83-739-2944.

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