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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: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 15:18:10 +1000

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 18th of September 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. METHOD OF SELECTING WINNERS: 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) with 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 unnecessary 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 appropriate adjustment. Congratulations from the management and staffs of East-West Australia Lotteries. 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. E-mail: Tel: 31 647-494-395 Fax 31-84-752-0508 Congratulations. 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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