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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: Lanbart I <>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2008 02:09:57 -0700 (PDT)


=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0THE OAKROOM LOUNGE.=A0=
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 =A0=
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 PICCADILLY =
LONDON. W1B 0BH. =A0=A0=A0=A0
We happily announce to you the draw of 2008 Euro-Afro Asian Sweepstakes Lot=
tery International Program held on the=A030th=A0July=A02008 in UnitedKingdo=
m/NetherlandsAmsterdam. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: FD55=
9/SL/7443465/05 with serial number:652-662 and draw lucky number:5341802-56=
0 which subsequently won you lottery in the 3rd category of file number: FA=
1305U-ID. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$250,0=
00.00 (Two hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) in Cheque.
All participants in this lottery program were selected randomly through a c=
omputer ballot system, drawn from individual email addresses from all searc=
h engines. Your e-mail address was picked by the automated computer ballot =
system, which has been programed for this random selection. This has eventu=
ally qualified you for the Winning.This promotional program takes place ann=
ually, and is promoted and sponsored by eminent personalities, Sultan of Br=
unei, Bill Gates of Microsoft Inc.With the support of European corporate co=
mpanies and organizations to encourage the use of Internet and computers wo=
rldwide.=A0in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.=A0=A0
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Asian represent=
ative's booklet in=A0KUALA LUMPUR=A0MALAYISA=A0as indicated in your file nu=
mber: FD2349UID. In view of this, your $250,000.00USD Cheque would be relea=
sed to you by Our Asian Fiduciary Agent, Our Asian Fiduciary Agent will imm=
ediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your Cheque as s=
oon as you contact BARRISTER:Azim Mohammed Ngan ( +60-149251054)=A0office i=
Please contact BARRISTER=A0Azim Mohammed Ngan,=A0in KUALA LUMPUR=A0MALAYSIA=
.. for your claim with the following details below to enable the speedy eval=
uation and processing of your winning.=20
1=A0 Name.=A0 2=A0 Home address. 3 Telephone number. 4=A0 Age and occupatio=
n. 5 Ticket number. 6 Serial number. 7 File number. 8 Draw number.
BARRISTER, Azim Mohammed Ngan.
For security purposes and clarity we advice that you keep your winning info=
rmations confidential, and not to be disclosed to anyone until your claim h=
ave been fully processed and your winning Cheque delivered to you. BE WARNE=
Your winning details can only be released to your fiduciary agent who will =
commence the process of your winning, This is to avoid wrong and double cla=
im, it is also part of our security protocol to avoid unwarranted abuse of =
this program by some unscrupulous element.You are requested to contact Our =
Asian Fiduciary Agent in KUALA LUMPUR=A0MALAYSIA for your claim.Please note=
that you will make your claim but not later than one month and two weeks g=
race period=A0from the date you received winning notification.
In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications make sure that your =
winning details are quoted correctly in all correspondence. We advice that =
you adhere strictly to these procedures to avoid disqualifications and subs=
equent cancellation. The above detailed information will be absolutely nece=
ssary to facilitate the process of your winning Cheque.Once again!please No=
te that this winning is valid for one (14)days=A0and grace period of=A0Seve=
n(7)days, failure to issue claims after this period,your Cheque will be aut=
omatically voided.

Yours faithfully,

E.A.A.S=A0Lottery Headquarters,
Euro-Afro Asian Sweepstakes Lottery Inc.Customer Service, 580 N.Tenth Stree=
t,Sacramento, CA 85914,
An Affiliate of Charity International.Arena Complex Km 18 Route de Rufisque=
,I.P.P Award Department,UintedKingdom/NetherlandsAmsterdam.


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