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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:

From: Theresa Allan <>
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 11:03:36 +0200

From: Mrs. Theresa Allan. Euro-Afro-American-Sweepstake Lottery Headquarters: 1a, Bexon Court Carlton Nottingham shire Nottingham NG4 1SQ Essex United Kingdom Customer Service: 580 NCA 85914 Ref: EAASL/941OYI/04 Batch: 12/25/DC34 CONGRATULATIONS WINNING NOTIFICATION Attention, We happily announce to you the draw of the Euro-Afro-American Sweepstake Lottery International programs held on the 18th of August 2007. in Essex United Kingdom. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: B9564 75604545 188 with! Serial number 97560 drew the winning: 01/10/11/18/19/46, which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Pounds GBP ) in cash credited to file KPC/9080118308/02. This is from a total cash prize of £2, 500 000,00 Million Pounds, shared among the first Five (5) lucky winners in this category world-wide. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Afro booklet representative office in Africa as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your GB £500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Pounds GBP) would be released to you by the insurance company where your winning fund has officially insured in your name for safety and security reason so that no party or parties will have any access to temper or torch your winning fund till your winning fund arrives into your nominated bank account of your choice in any part of the world, therefore kindly claim your winning fund through your agent. Our African agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate instruction, which you have to follow for the release of your funds as soon as you contact him/Her. each participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draws system and extracted from over 10,000,00 companies. This promotion takes place annually. For your own benefit and good, you have to be very careful and keep all your winning information or details secret and confidential within yourself together with any documents you will receive regarding to your winning fund, till your money arrives into your bank account there in your country, this is part of the precautionary measure and to avoid double claiming, false claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements and for your own security reasons. Please contact our corresponding agent in South Africa immediately you read this message for quick and urgent release of your fund, contact information is as follow: - Name: Dr. Greg William E-mail:
Tell: 00 27- 73-9664740
Address: Universal Building, 132 - 133 Park Hurst Balfour - Unite 1440 Johannesburg, Gauteng 2001 South Africa. Provide him with the informations as stated below: 1. Name:2. Address:3. Marital Status:4. Age:5. Sex:6. Nationality:7. Country of Residence:8. Occupation:9. Telephone Number:10. Fax Number:11. Draw Number above:12 Prove of identification. Please be informed that all winning must be claimed whiten two weeks. To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with our designated agents or us. Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program that has successfully won this competition. Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program. As soon as you are in contact with our agent, please keep us informed.

Mrs. Theresa Allan. United Kingdom Zonal Co-coordinator Mr. Alexandra Davis United Kingdom zonal Secretary General. Thank you for your Co-operation."
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