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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: "HONDA LOTTERY PROMO." <fiduciaryagent733@yahoo.com.hk>
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 12:26:44 +0200
Subject: Notification.............You have won!!!


THE PROMOTION MANAGER
HONDA COMPANY UK
BONANZA 2006!!!

This is to notify you of the release of the lottery winning, held on
the 6th of July, 2006. Due to the mix up of numbers, the results
were released on the 2nd of August, 2006. Your e-mail address
attached to ticket number:No: 2752246896 with Serial
No: 652-662 drew the lucky numbers and Batch number
AT-040SB06-03. which subsequently draws in the 1st category.


You have therefore been qualified for a lump sum payout of
(500,000: 00) ( FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND POUN) in cash
and a new Honda FR-V Car, drawn in your favor, as the soul
beneficiary and covered with the highest level of Insurance
policy called the IRREVOCABLE GUARANTEE OF PAYMENT BOND.

Due to mix up of some names and winning number, we ask that
you keep your winning information confidential until your claim has
been processed and your money remitted to you, in your perspective
country. Because this is part of our new security protocol to avoid
double claiming and forgery of winners identity in this program by
some unscrupulous persons.

This lottery was organized by an association of software manufacturers
who came together from all parts of Europe including Great Britain,
Spain,
The Netherlands and Belgium which are the major host countries. All
participants were selected through our Microsoft computer ballot draw
system, were we extracted over 20,000.00 companies and 3,000,000
individual email addresses and names from all over the world.

To begin your lottery claim, please contact your fiduciary agent below
that has been appointed for the processing of your claim with the email
address below:

CONTACT: Mr. Michael Watson
EMAIL: fiduciaryagent733@yahoo.com.hk
Tel: +447031972599.

Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications
please remember
to quote your WINNING NUMBER in all correspondence.

Winners are to contacts us to confirm their winning through the phone
number displayed. This is done to avoid forgery and impersonation of
winners information and ticket number.

*FULL NAMES.
*ADDRESS.
*AGE.
*SEX.
*OCCUPATION.
*STATE/REGION.
*COUNTRY.
*TEL.

Note: That you are to respond to all the necessary procedure
involved in collecting your prize, and if you are not interested in
claiming your prize, you are advised to draft this office your
REFUSAL LETTER indicating that you are not interested in your
winning prize and it should be used for the next stake.

Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform
our agent as soon as possible. The online Honda promotion lottery
company is proudly sponsored by a group of successful business men
all over the world. Internet draw is held once in a year and it is
organized, because we want to encourage the use of Internet
around the globe and we are beginning this year with this
500,000.00 pounds as it is like a WELCOME TO 2006.

And we are proud to say that over 50 Million POUNDS are won
annually in more than 150 countries worldwide.

We wish you a hearty congratulation once again.

Yours Sincerely,
Ms Lisa Farrah.
For
Management.

NOTE: ANY BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON THE
PART OF ANY WINNER WILL RESULT TO DISQUALIFICATION! --

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