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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: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 13:10:29 +0300
Subject: Congratulation you won Two Million Euro

La Française des Jeux Loterie
Bureau central
Gestion et services centraux:
2 Rue Frochot Paris,
Île-de-France 75009 France.

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final
draws of La-Française des Jeux Loterie program. La-Française des Jeux draws was
conducted on-line by an automated random computer ballot search from the
Internet. No tickets were sold.

This draw is conducted annually.

After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address attached to serial
number 09-11-11 drew the lucky number 11-13-25-28-49-5, which consequently
emerged as our only winner in the United Nations Booklet.

You been approved for a lump prize off of ?2,000,000.00 (Two Million EURO) in
cash credited to NUMERO DE DOSSIER LFDJL/08/8007. Your funds are now deposited in
an offshore bank with a hardcover insurance with British Insurance.

Please note that your NUMERO DE DOSSIER falls within our British booklet
category. In view of this, our affiliate bank in the Europe would release your
?2,000,000.00 (Two Million Euro) to you in the United Kingdom.

To begin your claim, please contact our London help line with the information below.

La-Française des Jeux Loterie
Information and Payment Bureau:
United Kingdom Office
Tel: +44-703-184-5029
Fax: +44-870-974-4065

You will be assisted with the remittance of your prize funds to your designated
bank account.

Note that all prize funds must be claimed not later than 20 days of this notice.
After this date all funds will be returned to the LOTTERY TREASURY as unclaimed.

Congratulations once again from all members and staff of the La-Française des
Jeux Loterie and thanks for been part of our program.

Charles Lantieri

(directeur général délégué).
La-Française des Jeux Loterie.

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