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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:

From: "Japan Lottery System Inc." <>
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 16:13:17 +0300
Subject: Re: Congratulations.

Japan Lottery System Inc.
2-5-7 Kyobashi Chuo-Ku Tokyo 104-0031, Japan.

Dear Sir/Madam,


With great joy we wish to inform you of the result of Japan Lottery System, which was
held on the 8th, June 2006. Your e-mail address attached to prize winning number:
9 0 9 16 28 28, and supplementary number: 07 19 drew a prize of $1,000,000.00
(One Million USDollars).
This lucky draw came first in the 3rd Category of the Sweepstake. You will receive
the sum of $1,000,000.00 (One Million USDollars) from our authorized paying bank in

Because of some mix-up with our sweepstake numbers and prizes, plus the
time limited placed on the payment/transfer of your prize: $1,000,000.00 to you, we
advice that you keep all information about this prize confidential until your funds:
$1,000,000.00 have been transferred to you by the authorized bank in The
Netherlands. You must adhere to this instruction, strictly, to avoid any delay with the
release of your funds to your person. This program has been abused severally
in past, so we are doing our best to forestall further occurrence of past mix-ups.

This sweepstake was conducted under the watchful eyes of 18,000 spectators.
Your e-mail address attached to prize winning number: 9 0 9 16 28 28 was
selected and; it came first through an e-ballot draw from over 250,000
e-mail addresses (personal and corporate e-mail addresses).
This program is sponsored by Japan Lottery Board to compensate faithful internet
suffers around the globe.
Congratulations for becoming one of the few lucky winners. With your permission,
your e-mail will also be included in the next sweepstake of $15Million.

You must claim your prize: $1,000,000.00 not later than 10-days from the
moment you receive this e-mail.
In order to avoid unnecessary delays with your claim from our authorized
bank; please contact them immediately, and quote your winning and personal
information now.

Here is their contact information:
Bank: Laagste Heypotheekofferte Bank NL.
Bank Manager: Mr. Jefferson Lamberti.
Director: Public Finance, Global Markets, Interest Rate and Currency.
Direct-line: Tel: 0031 616 293 431.
Fax: 0031 847 134 206 .
E-mail address:

Furnish them with the following:
(i). your name(s),
(ii) Your telephone and fax numbers
(iii) Your contact address
(iv) Your winning information (including amount won).

Yours sincerely,
Ho G. Hata
General Manager.

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