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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: Thu, 4 Sep 2008 13:01:33 +0200

*From: Mrs. Joy Olds. **
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/03** **
Batch:** 12/25/DC34** *

Tel (44) 700 6033 920*

Tel: + 44 70318 70646
Tel: + 44 703187 2525

*Tel/Fax : +(44) 700 6033 920*

*Dear Sir/Madam,**

We happily announce to you the draw of the Euro-Afro- American Sweepstake
Lottery International programs held on the Saturday 30**th AUGUST 2008** in
Essex United Kingdom. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: **B9564
75604545 188** with! Serial number **97560** drew the winning: **
07/09/05/22/38/44/,** which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of **£820,000.00
(Eighty Hundred and Twenty Thousand Pounds)** in cash credited to file
PC/9080118308/02.This is from a total cash prize of US £1100,000,00 Million
Pounds, shared amongst the first One Hundred and thirty (130) 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 £820,000.00 (Eight Hundred and Twenty Thousand Pounds) would be
released to you by **{FIRST NATIONAL BANK of South Africa (F.N.B). **

Our African agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the
release of your funds as soon as you contact him. All 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 security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning
information confidential till your claims is processed and your money
remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.

**This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be
warned. To file for your claim, please contact our corresponding agent in
South Africa immediately you read this message for quick and urgent Release
of your fund, His contact information is as follow: -** **

**Dr.William Penta (Esq.) **
Foreign Service Manager
Tel: +27 833 96 7709
E-mail :**

Please be informed that all winning must be claimed on or before 15**th
September. 2008**. To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
quote your reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with our
designated agents or us. **

**For the matter of urgency to furnish me with the following information
which will help me to file an application of claim to the bank for the
immediate approval/transfer of your claim.**

**1) Names in Full **
2) Residential or Office address
3) Tel/Fax Numbers…
4) Winning Number
5) Serial Number
6) Ref: No…………
7) Batch: No…………
8) Your country.
9) Marital Status
10) Occupation
11) Date of birth**

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.Sincerely,

Mrs. Joy Olds.

**United Kingdom Zonal Co-coordinator. **
Mr. John Pedro
United Kingdom zonal Secretary General.
Thank you for your Co-operation.
Tel: + (44) 7031 91 8726
Tel/Fax + (44) 700 6033 920*

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