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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: "Hillary Miguel" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2010 20:59:26 +0200
Subject: Copy of Your cheque attached

This is to notify you that this e-mail address was automatically generated during the FIFA World Cup 2010 draw Friday 4 December 2009 17.40 GMT in Capetown  South Africa  for Asia, Antarctica, Africa, Europe,   Australia and Oceania, North and South America  selection Draw and has won the Cheque of $2,220,000.00  (Two Million Two Hundred And Twenty thousand dollars only). This is a Scientific Computer Game in which your Email Address was used. It is a Promotional Program by FIFA ONLINE PROMOTION and is hosted by FIFA for the upcoming World cup soccer games in South Africa.
kindly send us  the requested details  below  and forward them to Dr. Mogale  for immediate process of your claim; Remember to quote the ref and batch below for verification by the company. The cheque will be send to within 72hrs  after confirming your winning details. The copy of the Cheque is attached.
REF: PP-21180-ES 
BATCH: PP-245-44
you should include Your
Phone Number:
Direct Mobile Number:
Dr Steven Sello Mogale (Claim Director)
Tel:27 83 963 9609
Fax:27 86 648 1795
Payment Process Centre
Mrs H. Miguel
FIFA Johannesburg Coordinator

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