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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 11:10:26 +0000
Subject: Reference No: ZAR/POP-677152/ZA2009

271 Kings Street,
South Africa.

Congratulations!!!! "You have won USD$1,950,000.00 from Redkings Online Promotions"

For Claiming, Urgently contact;
Mr. George Kama
Tel: +27-737-518-941


We wish you success in our Redkings Online Promotions/Email Internet Program made today, which was held on 9th of January 2009. Your Email Address was attached to Ticket No: 07-12-35-54-55-02 Drew the Lucky No: 15-19-24-27-47 + 11 from 800,000 Email Addresses consequently won in the 2nd Category. You have therefore been approved to claim a Star Prize of $1,950,000.00 in cash credited to File No: M1/2007/08/001.

Below is your Winning Details;

Reference No: ZAR/POP-677152/ZA2009
Batch No: ZAR/002831323/M222-23
Amount Won: USD$1,950,000.00

"The Validity period of the winnings is (10) Working Days, of your reply to the Agency; hence you are expected to make your claims immediately, any claim not made before this date will be returned as UNCLAIMED."

To claim your winning prize, you are to contact the appointed agent for the immediate release of your winnings:

Mr. George Kama
Tel: +27-737-518-941

Congratulations' once again from all our Staff and thank you for being part of our Promotions.

Yours Truly,
Mrs. Mary Rossman
Claims Department

Copyrights (C) 2009
(Reg No: 2000/003778/04)

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