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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: HOLA AWARD.2006 <>
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 16:53:06 +0100
Subject: HOLA AWARD.2006

Attn: bixnfleisch,

OUR REF:06/CL64650910/WD
YOU RE REF:CO/478/31/06.NETH.


We are delighted to notify you of the result of the Free lotto casino programs held on 4th.December
2006 your email address were attached to one of the winning Ticket numbers 17/25/22/27 - with
Game Number 45-60-72. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of Euro 150 000.00
One Hundred Fifty Thousand Euro only


All participants were selected through a computer ballot system from our sponsors databases including
over 5 000 companies and 20 000 individual E-mail addresses and names submitted by our agents
drawn from Asia Africa Europe North And South America Oceania and around the world. To file for
your urgent claim please contact our affiliate agent.

Mr.James Van Watts



It is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and to minimize identification difficulties advise
you to keep this information confidential until your claim is processed successfully and to avoid
unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants to please note that you will be required to pay for
the issuance of your winning Certificate and all winnings must be claimed not later than 5th January
2007 after this date all unclaimed winnings will be null and void.

In Order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications remember to quote your ticket number and
game numbers in all correspondence. Furthermore should there be any change of address do inform our
agents as soon as possible.

Congratulations once more and thank you for being part of our promotional program.Note: Anybody
under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.

Yours faithfully

Christine Moeller

Award Co-coordinador.
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