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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: Sun, 10 Jan 2010 06:56:47 -0400
Subject: Asia Email Award.Reply To

Winning Notifications 2010(Reply To:(

The Asia International Lottery Award,
Blk B,2/1-3 Jln Ipoh
Kuala Lumpur,55003

Dear Lucky Winner,

We are pleased to inform you of the result in the just concluded
annual final
draws of the ASIAN NATIONAL INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY programs. The online cyber
lotto draw was conducted from an exclusive list of 1,000,000(One
Million) e-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked
by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet,so
no tickets were sold to enter for the promotions. After this automated
computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as one of two winners in
the category \\"A"\\ You have therefore been approved to claim the sum
of US$679,999,000 (Six Hundred And Seventy Nine Thousand, Nine Hundred
And Ninety-Nine United States Dollars Only) with the information below:

Ticket Number: 2747-3600-2010 188
Serial Number: 5368/02/10
Batch Number:CBSTA/7913/KL/AS
Reference Number:EAP/10/17/54/2010/KL

To file for your claims, you are to contact our appointed fiduciary agent for
the immediate processing and release of your winnings.
Mr Craig Emerson(Foreign Operations Manager)
Iso Hitec Securities

You must contact the claim appointed agent quoting your winning numbers and
providing the informations below:
(Full Names.......................)
Contact Home/Office Address.............
Country Of Origin................
Winning Email.....................
Mobile Telephone Contact.................
The Validity period of the winnings is for 20 working and we advice
all winners to keep this confidential to avoid false/Double claim.
Congratulations once again from all members and staff of this program.

Best Regards,
Fatimah Binti Usman,
Online Co-ordinator,

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