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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 13:01:26 +0200

From: Mr. Adam Smith.
Global Mega Lottery (Pty) London.
Headquarters: No: 11 Vits Street Opp City Complex.
United Kingdom.
Customer Service: 580 NCA 85914
Ref: FLS-ZR39-825P-4.
Batch: 74-263-BBN.


We happily announce to you the computer draw of the Global Mega Lottery
(Pty) International programs held on the 26th August 2006 in United Kingdom.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 100-309-7482 with! Serial
number 513-10 drew the winning: 2,9,22,23,24,30,+5, which subsequently won
you the lottery in the 2nd category.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$1,950,000.00
(One Million Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars)
in cash credited to file KPC/9080118308/02.This is from a total cash prize
of US $13,650,000.00 Million dollars, shared amongst the Seven luckywinners
in the second category world-wide. Please note that your lucky winning number
falls within our Afro booklet representative office in Africa as indicated in
your play coupon. In view of this, your US$1,950,000.00 (One Million Nine Hundred
and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) would be released to you by First National
Bank South Africa.

Our African agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the
release of your funds as soon as you contact him. All participants were
selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draws system
and extracted from over 10,000,00 companies. This promotion takes place annually.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential
till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner
you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid
double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements.
Please be warned. To file for your claim, please contact our corresponding agent in
South Africa immediately you read this message for quick and urgent release of your fund,
contact information is as follows: -
Claim Agent: Mr. Ross Martins.
Tel : +27 783-44-9590

Please be informed that you must contact your claim agent in South Africa on or
before 26th October 2006. To avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
please quote your reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with our
designated agents or us.

Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program that
has successfully won this competition. Thank you for being part of our promotional
lottery program.

Mr. Adam Smith.
United Kingdom Zonal Co-coordinator.

Sweepstakes International Program.
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