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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:

Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2007 12:07:46 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Lucky Winner,

This office is in reciept of your mail.
As it was stated in the mail,your e-mail was chosen
in the Australian Lottery International programme.
Which is fully based on an electronic selection of
winners using their e-mail addresses.

A copy of the Winners Payment Application Form and
winners certificateis attached here for you to fill
the formand return.

Follow the steps to carry on with your claim:

1) Carefully read through it and Fill the application

2) Scan the completed form and send it back to us as
an attached file, through this same email address

This form is to enable us have comprehensive
information about you and also, how the prize you have
won will get to you.

As soon as we receive this form back from you, we will
directed to the paying bank for the remitance of your
lottery fund into your bank account.

Incase of any difficulties with the procedure, feel
very free to contact me again. you are to make sure
you keep your winning information very cofidential.

In anticipation of your urgent response to this.

Best Regards,
Mr Kelvin Bruno
Claim Agent.


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