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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: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 16:12:42 +0400

Date:24-8- 2006

Ref: 435062725

Batch: 7050470902/189

Winning no: GB8101/LPRC


Dear winner.

We are delighted to inform you of your prize which was released on the 24th of August 2006, from the Australian International Lottery program which is fully based on an electronic selection of winners using their e-mail addresses from some sites. Your email address was attached to the second category which emerge as the winner with Batch number 7050470902/189.

You hereby have being awarded a lump sum pay of US$200,000.00 (Two hundred thousand Dollars only in cash) as your wining prize with credit file ref: ILP/HW 47509/09 from the total cash prize shared amongst eight lucky winners in this second


All participants were selected through a computer balloting system drawn form Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from Canada, Australia, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our international promotion program which is conducted annually.

This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have an operational base.

Furthermore your details(e-mail address) falls within our Middle east representative office in Dubai United Arab Emirate, as indicated in your play coupon and your prize of US$200,000.00 will be released to you from this regional branch office in Dubai

We hope that with part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes for US$1.3 Billion international draw.

HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE: Simply contact our middle east fiducially agent which contact will be listed bellow to file for your claim Please quote your batch and winning number which can be found on the top left corner of this


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 double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this program by non-participants or unofficial personnel.

Note, all winnings must be claimed before the 30th August , 2006; otherwise your funds will be returned as Unclaimed.notification as well as your full name, address and telephone number to help process your fund for payment..

Contact Person,
Mr.Williams Daveson,

Congratulations once more,


Mr. john Terry co-coordinator

Australian International Lottery program

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