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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, 15 Sep 2007 18:30:33 +0800 (CST)

Reference/Ticket No:PBL-CB7853627
Attn: Winner,

Power Ball Lottery Fund Claims Process

I am Mr.Kelvin Miller, the fiduciary agent assigned to your case to help you in the claims process of your funds. I wish to congratulate you and to say you are a lucky person to have won this lottery. All the winners in the Lottery were selected by an advanced automated random computer ballot search from the internet as part of our international promotions program which we conduct every year.No tickets were sold.

My office has received your provided information for the claims of your awarded prize of 500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Pounds) awarded You by the prestigious Power Ball Lottery Games Board and We have forwarded the same information to our verifications department for the perusal and confirmation that You are the actual beneficiary of the prize amount.

You are almost at the final step in receiving your winnings, Below are two options for you to claim your winning prize, you are to choose the one that is most convinient for you.

1.You can come down in person, to (Power Ball Office) here in the UK to claim your winnings.
Note that you have 4 weeks to be able to come down to the (Power Ball Office) for your winnings here in UK, this is done simply because of security reasons.

2.We could forward your winning cheque to you along with the certificate,via a courier company to handle the delivery to you at your location so that you can cash the winning cheque once you receive it.

Note that this courier company will require you to pay a very small amount of money, this money will be for the delivery cost to enable them deliver your winnings to you in any way you would want them to.

This cheque can be cash from any bank of your choice.

I will send you the contact information of the payment office after you have chosen any of the above options so we can proceed with effecting the release of your winning cheque.

Yours Faithfully,
Mr Kelvin Miller
Power Ball Delivery Officer
+44 704 574 1496

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