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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: "Kate Henshaw" <yaryham015@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2006 19:29:20 +0000
Subject: >>NOTIFICATION FROM POWERBALL POWERPLAY PROMOS>>

   
                              
                                                                        
             PowerBall Logo
                               
FROM: THE DESK OF THE DIRECTOR PROMOTIONS,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
REF NO: MELI-T/17-F044262312  
       
 
Dear Winner, 
 
We are pleased to announce to you as one of the 12 lucky winners in the POWERBALL LOTTERY PROMOTIONS  held on Monday, November 6, 2006. All 12 winning addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 40,000 international emails. Your email address emerged alongside 11 others as a 3rd category winner in this month's draw. Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of 450,000Pounds ( Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand pounds) only. 
 
The following particulars are attached to your lottery payment order: 
(i)   Winning numbers:    990-11-815-37-10-83
(ii)  Email ticket number: 901-0148-790-691
(iii) Lotto Batch No.    13/FFP/LDL/037
(IV)  File REF NO:     MELI-T/17-F044262312 
 
Please contact the under listed claims officer as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings with the following details: 
 
1. Full Name
2. Phone and Fax Number
3. Sex
4. Nationality
5. Present Location 
 
CONTACT AGENCY:
MR. MARK GALLAGHER AND ASSOCIATE LTD U.K,
20 Lausanne Road London,
SW2 3JB ENGLAND.U.K
Email:
redemtiondepartment@gawab.com
Tel:   +44-702-407-9333
Fax:  +44-870-479-3818
 
 
 
Please indicate "X" for the option you want your prize remitted to you. Listed are the options of receiving prize payment.
 
(1) BY COURIER DELIVERY OF YOUR PRIZE: ...................................................... [.....]
 
(2) BANK PAYMENT TRANSFER|TELEGRAPHIC TRANSFER|SWIFT TRANSFER|ONLINE ACCOUNT TRANSFER........ {.....}
 
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Kate Henshaw
LOTTERY COORDINATOR,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS.
PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT, UK.        
                          
Congratulations from me and members of staff of POWERBALL UNIVERSAL PROMOS.
 
DENIAL OF APPLICATION:
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Please be informed that the following listed Country have been banned from participating in the lottery. Vietnam, Iraq, Nigeria, Venezuela and North Korea if you are a resident of the listed country you cannot file claims for this lottery prize. Please delete this Notification as your prize processing will be annulled without notice.
 
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