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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: "worldlottery mailunion" <>
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 10:31:39 +0200
Subject: FROM PROMOTIONS MANAGER Mr.Keepson Douglas

Dear Sir/Madam, 

                          WINNING NOTIFICATION

We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today,26/08/2006, of  winners of the GLOBAL MOCA LOTTERY SOUTH AFRICA/INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS, held  on 24TH/ 06/ 2006 as part of our promotional draws. Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from Africa, America, Asia,Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, and NewZealand as part of our electronic business Promotion Program. You qualified for the draw as a result of our visiting various websites and we are running the e-business promotions.

You/Your Company, attached to ticket number 100-209-6382, with serial number 513-02 drew the lucky numbers, 2,10,21,23,26,30,+41 and consequently won in the Second Category.You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$1,950,000.00 in cash, which is the winning payout for Second caegory winners. This is from the total prize money of US$13,650,000.00 shared among the Seven international winners in the Second category.


Your fund is now deposited with the Moca Lottery Finance and Company insured in your name. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your account. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program. We hope with a part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year (2006) high stakes US$1.3 billion International Lottery.To begin your claim, please contact your claim agent immediately.


Oakland Buildiing,
131 - 137 Park Hurst
Balfour - Unite 1440
Johannesburg, Gauteng 2001

For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice. Remember, you must contact your claim agent not later than 30th/09/ 2006. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers provided below in every one of your correspondences with your claims agent. REFERENCE NUMBER: MOL-ZR39-825P-4,BATCH NUMBER: 78-263-BBN,FILE NUMBER 001409.

Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.


Oakland Buildiing,
131 - 137 Park Hurst
Balfour - Unite 1440
Johannesburg, Gauteng 2001

N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification. Please do not reply to this mail box. Contact your claims agent through this email contact above

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