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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: "HSC FOUNDATION" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2010 22:38:01 +0800
Subject: Please Do Respond Immediately ..


>From HSC Foundation Lottery in Association with Life World LLC ! We are happy to announce to you
that you have won award of $750,000 at the China Payment Center.

Ticket Number: 51-09-95-09-83-5
Serial Number: 90-Q72
Batch Number: CN/ZTG/040/203D
Reference Number: GF.BDX.039.XTC

Your email address name attached to a ticket number: 51-09-95-09-83-5 with the serial
number: 90-Q72 drew the lucky number: 51-09-95-09-83-5 which consequently won the draw in the
1st category. Your email address was among the (10) email addresses chosen to receive grand
prize of US$750,000.00 each in this section. Therefore you must contact your Claim Agent.

Mrs . Grace Wu Fengpeng
Address: Guangdong International Center
Tel: +8613711955627

She will need to confirm everything we have on file to ensure that there will be no set backs
upon the release of these funds to you. I want you to know that verification and confirmation
of all of your payment documents have been sent to our affiliate company, The International
Lottery Board of Commissions from our processing office. Also, be rest assured that your
winning will be sent to you as {ATM Card or Bank Transfer} which can be used in any Atm machine

This will be issued from our paying bank in China. Your won prize cannot be deducted, simply because this is a
promotional award, until prize is released to you due to strict insurance policy. After
you have received your money, we expect you to use some of the money to spread Internet
knowledge within your locality and remember to support our next promotion. We have five clearance
offices zoned continentally AUSTRALIA,CHINA,USA,LONDON & ALGERIA.

Clearance zones are picked randomly by computer, each winning number falls within any of the clearance zones
picked, it is the duty of the approved zonal clearance officer to handle all clearance
processes to make sure bank releases won prize in time.

Your prize number falls within Asia region clearance office in Beijing, China . In view of
this, your prize will be released from China, your money has been deposited in the bank with
insurance coverage. Your clearance agent will facilitate payment process
immediately you contact her. Contact with your information below:

Full Name:
Marital Status:
Home Phone:
Mobile Phone:
Ref No:
Batch No:

Confidentiality Notice: This communication is intended only for the use of the individual
or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged,
confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If the reader of this
message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination,
distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you received
this in error, please notify the sender and immediately delete the message.

Thank you for your cooperation.
Sally Flintoft

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