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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, 27 Jul 2007 05:01:03 GMT

Attn: Pepin Nagel.

Dear Winner!!

According to information from our central computer system here in
Johannesburg, South Africa, you are a confirmed winner of the Microsoft
Corp Lottery under the Afro Booklet of Africa.

Thereby, you are advised to fly down to Johannesburg, South Africa
immediately to sign and obtain copies of your Authority to Claim
Certificate, including your award wining certificate, this two important
certificates must be obtained from the World Lottery Board here in south
Africa since your lucky wining falls under the Afro Booklet of Africa and
forwarded to our paying bank (The Royal Bank of Scotland London) as
Evidence of your lucky wining for the Remittance of your wining fund (Two
Million British Pounds Sterling) into your overseas Nominated Bank account
of your Choice.

Thereby, you cannot fly down to South Africa as requested; this office will
assist you to sign and obtain these two important certificates in any Legal
terms and condition as your accredited agent (Legal Practitioner) here in
Johannesburg South Africa.

Our paying bank (The Royal Bank of Scotland London) cannot commence with
the Remittance Process of your wining fund without receiving your Authority
to Claim Certificate and Award Wining Certificates in your name as Evidence
of Your Lucky wining.

Please Confirm the possible procedure to claim your wining fund in your
next mail to enable this office proceed for your prize claim.

Have a nice Day,

Mr. Mark Anderson
(Claim Manager)
Tel: 0027 73 227 2785.
Fax: 0027 86 630 8580.

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