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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: adam smith <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2009 06:27:46 +0000

>From Mr.Adam Smith

Global Mega Lottery (Pty) London.
Headquarters: No: 11 Vits Street Opp
City Complex.
United Kingdom.
Customer Service: 580 NCA 85914
Batch: 74-263-BBN.



We happily announce to you the computer draw of the Global Mega Lottery (Pty)
International programs held on the 21/07/2009 in United Kingdom.Your e-mail
address attached to ticket number: 100-309-7482 with! Serial number 513-10 drew
the winning: 2,9,22,23,24,30,+5, which subsequently won you the lottery in the
2nd category.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$1,950,000.00
(One Million Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) in cash
credited to file KPC/9080118308/02.This is from a total cash prize of US
$13,650,000.00 Million dollars, shared amongst the Seven luckywinners in the
second 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 US$1,950,000.00 (One Million Nine Hundred and
Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) would be released to you by First National
Bank South Africa.

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, contact information is as follows: -

Office 102 John Smarth Avenue,
Johannesburg,South Africa.
Agent: Mr. Simon Peterson.
Tel : +0027
Please be informed that you must contact your claim agent in South Africa on
or before 21/08/2009 . To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
quote your reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with our designated
agents or us.

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.

Mr.Adam Smith

United Kingdom Zonal Co-coordinator.

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