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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: "GOLD RUSH ONLINE PROMOTION" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2009 18:24:56 +0200
Subject: Congratulations!!!! "You have won US$2,870,000.00 from Gold Rush Online Promotions"

Gold Rush Claiming Online Promotions
Eastern-Cape, 8001
South Africa.

Congratulations!!!! "You have won US$2,870,000.00 from Gold Rush Online Promotions"

For Claiming, Urgently call or contact;
Mr. Johnson Malaga
Tel: +27-78-654-9088
Fax: +27-86-6581-659


We wish you success in our Gold Rush Claiming Online Promotions/Email Internet Program made today which was held on 18th July 2009. Your Email Address was attached to Ticket No: 34,11,43,27,29,06 Drew the Lucky No: 2 4 15 39 45 49 Bonus 37 from 800,000 Email Addresses consequently won in the 2nd Category. You have therefore been approved to claim a Star Prize of $2,870,000.00 in cash credited to File No:6712314/ZAR/2009.
Below is your Winning Details;

For more information about your winning, click the below link to verify your winnings details Visit:
Confirm under Lotto 6/49.

Reference No: 12-15-19-27-39/MOP/09
Batch No: 5-6-4/21/MOP/09
Amount Won: US$2,870,000.00

"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:

For Claiming, Urgently call or contact;
Mr. Johnson Malaga
Tel: +27-78-654-9088
Fax: +27-86-6581-659

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

Yours Truly,
Mrs. Carolyn A. Taylor
Promotions Manager
Gold Rush Claiming Online Promotions
Eastern Cape, South Africa
Copy Right (C) 2009
(Reg No: 2000/003778/09)

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