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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: "PEARLE SETE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 11 May 2010 18:40:35 +0200



we are pleased to inform you of the announcement that you are a winner of the NATIONAL LOTTERY S. A. INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMES.

Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all over the world.

You EMAIL ID have qualified you for the draw as a result of you unknowingly visiting various websites that we are running the e-business promotions for.

The primary objective of this programmer is to project South Africa in the international world in view of encouraging a good number of people coming into South Africa against the FIFA 2010 soccer world cup that is to be hosted in South Africa. This encouraging investment.

You/Your Company, is attached to ticket number 100-309-7482, with serial number 513-10 drew the lucky numbers 9 20 30 42 46 48, and consequently won in the Second Category.

You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$5,500,000.00 in cash, which is the winning payout for category “A” winners. This is from the total prize money of S$38,500,000.00 shared among the Seven international winners in the category ‘A”.


Your fund is now deposited with our paying Bank insured in your name. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your account.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program.

We hope with a part of your prize, you will participate in our next high stakes of US$1.3 billion International Lottery.

To begin your claim, please contact.

70 Marshall Street Johannesburg.
TEL: +27 72 1944104
with your FULL NAMES, IDENTIFICATION, NATIONALITY, DATE OR BIRTH, OCCUPATION and TELEPHON / FAX NUMBERS for due processing and remittance of your prize money to you.

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers provided below in every one of your correspondence: REFERENCE NUMBER: PF23-711W-9. BATCH NUMBER: 46-184-WAN

Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.

Mrs. Pearle Sete (Co-ordinator)

N.B any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification. Please do not reply to this mail box. Reply to:

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