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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: <>
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 15:14:43 -1000
Subject: Contact Paying bank

East-West Australia Lotteries,
1022 Kingsway Ave., Osborne,
Western Australia, 6018.
Head office: Maliebaan 38-40, 3581CR,
Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Dear Sir/Madam,
YOU WON: ?1,000,000.00!euros
With outmost joy, we are pleased to inform you of the result of the
East-West Australia Lotteries International programs held on the 24th of
August 2006 drew cash Prize of ?1,000,000.00. Your e-mail address
attached to Code number 370011672387-290-02 with claim
Number 12093782/42 drew these lucky numbers 894-4563-001-764-64-2911, which
consequently won in the 2nd category. You have been approved to receive a
cash prize of ?1,000,000.00 (One Million Euros).
Be advised that due to incessant mix up in cash prize transfer to previous
winners, we advise that you Keep your winning information confidential
until your claims is been processed and your funds (?1,000,000.00)
Transferred to
you. This security measure is important; its protocol meant to avoid double
claims, transfer and unwarranted abuse of this program by other
Participants were selected anonymously through a private ballot system
(computer ballot) from over 35,000 Companies and 70,000 individual e-mail
addresses all over the world. At the final draw your e-mail address Emerged
as the winner of our last jackpot.This is promotional program takes place
bi-annually, and it is promoted and sponsored Orient software Corporation
(Orient Networks). It is met to reward some individuals and corporations
who have devote Their time and resources surfing the world wide web (www)
their email addresses. Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than
5 working days from today. After the expiration of that time frame, if your
funds are unclaimed, it will be refunded to us and included in our next
draws.We hope you will use part of your cash prize to participate in our
next ?18million draws in November 2006. Lastly, in order to avoid
delays/complications with the transfer of your funds to you, please
Always remember to quote your Code number in all correspondence with our
paying bank (Deutsche Bank-Amsterdam). Furthermore, should there be any
change of your present address, please notify us Immediately so to make the
Congratulations from the management and staffs of East-West Australia
Kindly, immediately, contact our Paying Bank (Deutsche Bank-Amsterdam) for
your payment advice.
Send them following e-mail:
I?????(your names)??.., with e-mail address???..(your e-mail address)?..,
contact address???..(postal address)??.and code number:???.(quote your code
number)??.is the winner of the last East-West Astralia lotteries draws,
with a cash prize of ?1,000,000.00. Kindly advise me with details of the
process of the transfer of my cash prize.
Contact details of our Paying Bank:
Contact person: Mr. Richard Glass.
Department of Private Banking,
Deutsche Bank, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Tel: 31 647-494-395
Fax 31-84-752-0508
Yours in services,
Felicia Lanza.(Lottery Coordinator)
Note: Participants below 21 years are automatically disqualified.
All e-mail transmission/correspondence are 100% protected by our Secure
Socket Layer (SSL) server.


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