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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: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 18:50:46 +0200

International Draw Auditors & Management
Co-ordinators Lotteries Headquarters
31, Brixon Court, Carlton East Gate,
South Africa.

Ref. File No.:KPC/9030108308/07
Batch: 15/76/EF36
Serial No: SALP97585 Ticket No: B9665 75608567 775
Drew The Winning: 04/13/21/27/36/38-45


Congratulations!!! We wishes to use this medium to officially notify you on the final notification that your Name and Company has being selected among the 100 Star/Lucky Winners Worldwide for the South African/United Kingdom Money Balls Lotteries Promotional Programme based on the South African 2010 World Cup hosting as announced on Saturday, 15 May, 2004 by FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland to be played in South Africa in 2010. You're Name, Email address has been attached to the TICKET Number, BATCH NUMBER,and SERIAL NUMBER and DREW WINNING in this Month's Lottery Result, which subsequently won you the Lottery Award Winner in the 2nd Category of this Lottery Programme.

You're Name and Ref. File Number has therefore been approved to claim a Total Sum of US$ (One Million United States Dollars) in cash credited to REF. FILE NO# (KPC/9030108308/07). This is from the Total Cash Prize of US$7.500.000.00 (Seven Million Five Hundred thousand United States Dollars) Jackpot to be shared among the first Three LUCKY WINNERS in the 2nd Category Worldwide this year 2007 in this Lottery Programme. Please note that your Lucky Winning Numbers falls within our Lottery Booklet Representative office here in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In view of this, your US$ (One Million United States Dollars) would be released to you by our Accredited Representative "Lottery Consultant Claim Agent " immediately he commences the processes to facilitate the release and transferring of your funds as soon as you contact him as allocated and insured under your Ref. File Numbers, approved and signed as the beneficiary to this fund in your name will be done. Be warned. To file for your claim, please contact one of our Accredited/Authorized Representatives Lottery Consultant Claim Agent immediately.In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications andfor formal verification and confirmation:

South Africa Fiducial Agent Claim Office
Dr. Frank William
TEL: +27 73-187-5505


1, Your Full Names2, Age
3, Present Contact Address4, Country Of Residence
5, Phone Numbers & Country Code
6, Your Winning information’s
7, Occupation
8, Mode Of Payment {Bank Transfer or coming for your claim)

For Security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information CONFIDENTIAL till your claims are processed and your money remitted to you for being one of our Lucky Winners of this Lottery prize.

congratulations!!! congratulations!!!

Sincerely,Mrs. joy johnson(Lottery Coordinator)

Also your claim award included with Free Flight Ticket and Seven (7) Days Hotel Reservation in one of the Five Star Hotels during the World Cup Festive in 2010.The Validity period of the winnings is for 30 working days hence you are expected to make your claims immediately and winners under the age of 18 years are automatically disqualified.
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