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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: "Patricia Atkins" <>
Date: 19 Feb 2007 20:15:35 -0000
Subject: Mrs Patricia Atkins (PROMOTION MANAGER)

The Canadian Government sponsors this lottery for the promotion of the2010 Soccer World cup to be hosted in South Africa. We happily announceto you the draw of the Euro-Afro-American Sweepstake LotteryInternational Programs held on Thursday 28THDec, 2006 in Essex UnitedKingdom and Ontario Canada.
Your e-mail address attached to Ticket Number: B956475604545 100, with Serial Number 46563760 draw the winning numbers Wed3rd, Jan 2007,4 14 17 20 38 48 Number 7 Draw for LOTTO 6/49 under thechoice of the lottery in the 2nd category of daily three.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out ofUS$2.5,000,000 in cash, which is the winning payout for Secondcategory winners. in cash credited to file EAAL/9080118308/05.This is from a total cash prize of US $21,100,000.00 Million dollars,shared amongst the first One Hundred and-thirty(130) lucky winners inthis category Worldwide.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Afrobooklet representative office in south Africa as indicated in your playcoupon, because this particular draw was selected to promote the 2010World Cup to be hosted in South Africa hence your winning informationmust be kept to enable you participate in our subsequent draws whichwill see 500 participants traveling on an all expense paid trip toSouth Africa for the Soccer World Cup 2010. In view of this, yourUS$2.5,000,000 would be released to you by an accredited commercialBank in South Africa(NED BANK).
Our South African agent will immediately commence the process tofacilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact our AfricanAgent\'s,(MR. TREVOR ALLAN).
NOTE:To confirm that you have the winning number for the Wed 3rd, Jan2007, 4 14 17 20 38 48 Number 7Draw,visit: confirmunderlotto 6/49
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Website throughcomputer draws system and extracted from over 10,000,00 companies andpersonal e-mails. For security reasons, you are advised to keep yourclaims/winning information confidential till your claims is processedand your money remitted to you via telegraphic bank transfer to yournominated banking account.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming orunscrupulours acts by participants of this program.and part of ourprecautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse ofthis lottery.
Note:you are advice to keep your winnings prize confidential from otherears,to avoid double claims of your prize by the public.
You are advice to get incontact with your claims agent so that he canprocess your winnings for quick and urgent release of your fund. Toavoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your referencenumbers in any correspondences with your claims agent(MR TREVOR ALLAN).
To claim your winning prize, please contact your claim agentimmediately:
For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designatedaccount of your choice.
Remember, you must contact your claim agent not later than30/2/2007, after this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, pleaseremember to quote your reference and batch numbers provided below inevery one of your correspondences with your claims agent.
Ref: EAAL/851OYHI/05Batch No. Lotto 6/49
Congratulations! Once more from all members and staff of this programthat has ensured that you won this competition.
Thank you for being part of our Promotional Lottery program.
Sincerely,Mrs. Patricia AtkinsTHE PROMOTIONS MANAGER.CANADIAN LOTTERY-SOCCER WORLD CUP 2010 PROMOTIONAL DRAW.1550 Princess Street Kingston, ON, Canada, K7M 9E3Congratulations, you have won Canada Lottery!Attention: Customer AFRSA680Ref: EAAL/851OYHI/05Batch No. Lotto 6/49.
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners willresult to disqualification.
Please do not reply to this mail box. Contact your claims agent throughhis email contact above.
Congratulations from the Staff &amp; Members of theNational Lottery Board Commission
Mr.Savery Aldwin Mr. Rudolf P. Markhams Mrs. Patricia Atkins(Zonal Co-ordinator Sec.) (Zonal Co-ordinator) (PROMOTIONS MANAGER)
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