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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: Fri, 29 Jun 2007 03:18:59 +0000
Subject: Congratulations on your success in the AMERICAN DV-2008 VISA

Kentucky Consular Center
1001 Visa Crest
Migrate, KY 41901-1000

Dear Winner,

It's my pleasure to congratulate you on your success in the AMERICAN DV-2008 VISA LOTTERY PROGRAM which was applied and processed by our agency. You were selected as one of the lucky winners on our internet screening machine, for the DV-2008 USA national visa lottery program. Your visa lottery winner's identity is ID-6200DV and your serial net visa passport with us is SNVPh700IU.In this respect, you are directed to forward the following requirements:

l. Your present contact address (for correspondence)
2. Your recent passport photograph.

You can also send your photo(s) by regular mail. The photo must be between 1 1 by 1 1 and 2 by 2 inches (37-50 mm) square, with the applicant’s, spouse’s, or child's name printed on the back. Please mail the photos to:

Immigration Services:
PA/PL, Rm. 3206
U.S. Department of State
Kentucky Consular Center
1001 Visa Crest
Migrate, KY 41901-1000

Or preferably, you can scan them and send via email for faster processing. Clearance /acceptance fees is($989.67)


Your present contact address should be forwarded strictly to our receiving correspondent Mr.mcgregory Castillo through his email address ( We accept Western Union Money Transfer/Money Gram as the ONLY payment method due to some reasons from our past experiences. (Credit card is not acceptable, please.)For information on how to send across the fees, please contact the Clearance Officer Mr. Donald O’Neal through his email ( payment confirmation shall be sent to you as soon as clarification is done on your payment.

Providing the above requirements will assure you of getting your Visa Lottery Acknowledgement Card and Visa lottery Security Code which we shall send to your email address.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please make sure you report and forward your Visa lottery Code and Acknowledgement Card to the USA embassy in your individual country for your Green Card and other necessary claims. According to the United States of America's Code of Conduct and Constitution Vol.176/866:Act 690SN guiding all immigration, and Green Card permit Agencies, Non-Response,14 days after you receive this message to your winner's status shall reveal "No interest" and we would in return, refer your lottery code and acknowledgement card back to the USA Government/Immigration Service Center.

We shall be anticipating your reply soon.


Mrs. Cynthia Brown,

Executive Director.

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