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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: Kenneth gram <>
Date: Wed, 06 Dec 2006 23:15:49 +0100

254 EGASTRAAT,354tz
SCFN: GWK/5333/025648/03UAD.
BATCH: 241/2002/BLL.
Attention: Winner,
The world SOFTWARE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY/PROMOTIONS Netherland,is pleased to inform you that your company/individual name
attached to the ticket numbers 1001-58255563-2285 with serial number 8888/03 drew from the lucky numbers02-22-00-66-99-85-52-12-36-50,
which consequently won the lottery in the FIRST category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of FOUR HUNDRED
THOUSAND EUROs (400,000.00 EUROE) in cash credited to security file number GWK/4578/789834/746YU.This is from a total cash
prize of 19 million EUROE share among ten individuals and Six international companies lucky winners in this category.
Your funds is now deposited with our Payment/Finance Department in the security company to your name ,Due to the mix up of
some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this winning a top secret from the public notice until your claims has been
processed and remitted to your account as this is a part of the security protocol, to avoid double claiming or unwarranted
taking advantage of this program by participants.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from the 100,000 company/individual email addresses
from all over the world as part of our international promotions program, which we conduct every decade. We hope with a part
of your winnings, you will take part in our next end of year stake 20 million euro international lottery.
TO begin your claims, please contact your claim agent in (Lottery payment centre),
MR. David Bradley (Director of operations).
Email (
For processing and remittance of your cash to a designated account of your choice.Remember, all winnings must be claimed
not later than 15th of december 2006, After this date, All unclaimed funds will be returned to the promotion company.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your security credited file number
and batch numbers and also with your telephone and fax numbers respectively in every correspondence with your claim agent.
Furthermore,should there be any change of your address, do inform your claim agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations once again from all members of our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program and publication.
Yours sincerely,
(Promotion Manager).

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