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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: "F.P.D" <>
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 00:11:20 +0800

Frontline Programs Department


Payment Agent:
Catherine James

Tel: + 1 416 856-2471
Fax: +1 484 993-9988

Your Ref: F10038775/CA.

Dear Prospective Claimant,

We are officially informing you of the result of our International Finance
program held on the 15th July 2006. Your e-mail address attached to ticket
number 70007742781005-1870 with reference number F10038775/CA linked our
Computer Generated Profile Numbers (CGPN) 7-11-71-00-66-49, which
consequently won 3rd place category "B". You have therefore been listed as
the official beneficiary of $2,100,000.00 (Two Million One Hundred Thousand
Dollars). This will be paid to you as soon as we have completed the
verification of your claims.

All participants were selected through a Computer Ballot System (CBS) drawn
from over 8,000,000 company and 10,000,000 individual email addresses and
names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place annually
and it is being sponsored by the world's leading IT Companies.
$1,000,000,000.00 (One Billion Dollars) has been earmarked for this program
worldwide to empower individuals/companies who are expected to utilize this
opportunity in assisting with humanitarian concerns and create opportunities
within their immediate environment by expanding their business frontiers.
This promotional program being the first of its kind will now take place
annually and we hope with part of your winning you will take part in our
next year Five Million Dollars International Lottery. To file for your
claim, you will be contacting our Customer Service Unit that has been
authorized to conduct the necessary verification and validation of your
claim (You will receive more information upon your acknowledgment of this

Consequently, these funds are now insured in your favour and marked for
transfer into your chosen bank account via any of our correspondent banking
institutions. Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep
your claim information strict from public notice till your claim has been
validated and funds remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol
to avoid double claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by some
participants. Therefore it is deemed necessary for the process of validation
with us, in order for your payment approved and released to you. Please note
that this is not a spam email so you are required to reply us within 24hrs
of this notice.

Note that all winnings must be disbursed not later than 14th of September
2006, after this date all unclaimed funds will be turned in for a subsequent
program. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications always quote
your reference number in all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be
any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.

Congratulations once more from our organisation and thank you for being
part of our promotional program.
N.B. Anybody under the age of 18 is not eligible to participate in this
Yours in service,

Mr.Rolland Smith
Programs & Events Department

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