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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: "Australian Programmed" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 10:42:54 -0700
Subject: Congratulations once again on your winnings!!!

Ref: 7458222754
Batch: 905534213/255
Winning No: XB3/701/LNRC.
Dear Lucky winner,

We are delighted to inform you of your prize release for this month
from the Australian International Lottery programmed. Which is fully
based on an electronic selection of winners using their Your name was
attached to ticket number; 7458222754,905534213 serial number
6741137002 This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows 2-17-43-47-52
bonus number 17, which consequently won the lottery in the second
category in this month Programmer.

You hereby have been approved a lump sum pay of US$300,000.00 (Three
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in cash credit file Ref:
ILP/MW 47509/02 from the total cash prize shared amongst eight lucky
winners in this category.

All participant were selected through a computer balloting system drawn
from our One Million E-mail addresses from Canada, Australia, United
States,Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania Region as part of
our international promotions program which is conducted annually.This
Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some
multinational Companies as part of their social responsibility to the
citizens in the communities where they have operational base.Further
more your details (e-mail address)falls within our African
representative office in NIGERIA and your prize of US$300,000.00 will
be released to you
from this regional branch office in NIGERIA.

Simply contact our Agent

AGENT Barrister Joy through his Contacts and email address:-
Name: Barrister Joy
Address: Claims Chambers and Solicitors
E mails
+234 80 37 50 55 42

We hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our end of
year high stakes for US$1.3 Billion international draw. Please quote
your Date of draw, reference, batch and winning numbers which can be
found on the top left corner of this and telephone number to help
locate your file easily.For security reasons, we advice all winners to
keep this information Confidential from the public until your claim is
processed and your prize released to you.

This is part of our Security protocol to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted taking advantage of this pro gramme by non-participant or
unofficial personnel. Note, all winnings MUST be claimed on or before
30th of June 2008; otherwise all funds will be returned as
Unclaimed and eventually donated to charity.

Congratulations once again on your winnings!!!

Best Regards,
Mrs Joy
(For Public Relations)

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