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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 00:22:32 -0700
Subject: =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Your_e-mail_address_has_won_you?= =?ISO-8859-1?Q?_GB_=A3820,000.00.Congratulations!?=

*From: * *Theresa Allan, Zonal Co-coordinator.*

*Euro-Afro-American-Sweepstake Lottery
Headquarters: 1A, Bison Court Carlton
Nottingham shire Nottingham NG4 1SQ Essex
**United Kingdom**
Customer Service: 580 NCA 85914
Ref: EAASL/941OYI/04
Batch: 12/25/DC34*

* ** **

Attn: Winner,*

We happily announce to you the draw of the Euro-Afro-American Sweepstake
Lottery International programs held on the 9th of August, 2008. 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,
in the computer ballot which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd
category. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of
£820,000.00 (Eight Hundred And Twenty Thousand Pounds GBP ) in cash credited
to file KPC/9080118308/02. This is from a total cash prize of £4,100,000,00
Million Pounds, shared among the first Five (5) lucky winners in this
category globally.*

* Each participant were selected randomly from World Wide Web site
through computer draws system and extracted from over 1,000,000companies and
individual e-mails.

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 £820,000.00(Eight Hundred And Twenty Thousand Pounds GBP)
would be released to you by our payment bank in South Africa, where your
winning fund has officially been deposited and insured in your name for
safety and security. Hence you can now file for the claim of your fund,
through your agent in Africa .***

* *

*Your 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.

This programs 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 winnings gets to your bank
account destination, this is part of our 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, and furnish him with
the below information:

Contact information of our claim agent is as follow: -

Name:................ Mr. William Pedro.
Tell:................. +27 83 361 9933
Fax :................ +27 86 668 7737 *


**NOTE: You are to file in for the claim of £820,000.00(Eight Hundred And
Twenty Thousand **British Pounds Sterling**) Here. Thank you for being part
of our program and on behalf of all our staff congratulations*.
* *




*Be informed that all winners must be claimed there fund as soon as
possible. To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your
reference/batch numbers.

Congratulations once again! As soon as you are in contact with your agent,
please keep us informed.

Yours Sincerely,*

*Mrs. Theresa Allan.*

*United Kingdom** Zonal Co-coordinator
Mr. Alexandra Davis
United Kingdom zonal **Secretary General**. ***

* D I S C L A I M E R ***

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intercepted or amended, please contact the sender. We cannot accept any
responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of this message without
further investigation.
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