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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: Mark Van <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2009 12:21:01 +0000
Subject: From : South Africa 2010 World Cup Email Select lottery online

>From : South Africa 2010 World Cup Email Select lottery online Headquarters:SAFA HOUSE ,76 NASREC ROAD
NASREC EXT 3 Johannesburg, South Africa

CONGRATULATIONS !!! YOUR EMAIL HAVE WON 2010 World cup lottery online Jackpot

We happily announce to you the draw of South African 2010 World Cup Bid lottery Award International programs held in Zurich, Switzerland. Your e-mail address attached to:
Ticket #: 7017-4162-1018
Serial #: MH4710019
Winning #:80, 35, 11, 72, 90, 41
Insurance #:KISCS433/2010SNLP/2009
Batch #: 18/006/1094/LIPDA/SL

Which subsequently Won you the lottery award in the 2nd category.

Your name have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of GBP¨1,000,000.00 ( One Million British Pounds Sterling) in cash credited to file Number (KPC/9030108308/03). This is from a total cash prize of (GBP¨20,000,000.00)shared among the first Twenty lucky winners in this category world-wide.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our lottery booklet representative office in South Africa as indicate in the play coupon.

All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web-site through computer draw system and extracted from over (100,000,00) companies and individual emails address. The aim of this lottery programe is to promote and create awarness for South Africa (2010 World Cup ) soccer Fiesta

For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims are 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) .

In view of this, your (GBP¨1,000,000.00 (One Million British Pounds Sterling) would be released to you by the paying bank immediately the commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact your agent in Johannesburg-South Africa

Name: Mr. Gregory Jude Omar
Direct Line : +27-78-053-1122
E-mail :

Please be informed that all winning Prize must be claimed on or before 30 days of this notification. To avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
For verification purpose be sure to include:
(1) Your mailing address:
(2) Your Tel/Fax numbers:
(3) Your Nationality/Country:
(4) Your Full Names:
(5) Your Numbers:
(6)Your Batch Numbers:
(7)Your Occupation:
Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program .
Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.

Signed: President Nelson Mandela (Chairman)
Molefi OLIPHANT (President)
Chief Operations Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Thank you for your co-operation

Rich Mkhondo (Mr)
(Chief Communications Officer)
South African World cup 2010 Organising Committee

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