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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: "Greg Sung" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2010 07:26:23 +0200

Greg Sung (online coordinator)
Mega Million Lottery Promotions.
Headquarters: 31, Brixton Court, Carlton
East Gate Nottingham NG4 1SQ Essex
United Kingdom


Be informed that you have emerged a winner of our 2010 FIFA soccer world cup edition of our Lottery International Program, which took place in the U.K that was drawn three days from the day of this notice.
Attached to ticket number 7,23,5,45,8 BONUS NO: 59, with serial Number 2113-05 matched the winning numbers 7,23,5,45,8 BONUS NO: 59, and consequently won the Stakes in the 3rd category. Approved is a lump sum of One Million Pounds (GBP £1, 000,000) in cash prize accredited to file REF NO. JSL/2554259003/07 that should be released to you. This is from the total prize money of (GBP £15, 000,000) shared among the fifteen International winners in this category.
Participants were selected through a referral program and winners were picked by a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000,000 Emails from Australia, New Zealand, America, Asia, Europe, Africa and North America as part our International Promotions Program, which is conducted in four years intervals. This particular edition was conducted to promote the 2010 FIFA soccer world cup, which will take place in South Africa.
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 released to you.
I will give you the name , email address and phone number of our claim agent as soon as I hear from you so that you can contact the agent for the release of your money.

NB: Prizes must be claimed not later than 14 working days after this notification was sent to you. After these stipulated days, all funds will be returned as unclaimed prizes and will be channeled to charity. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your winning reference batch numbers in every one of your correspondences with the claims officer. Anybody under the age of 18 cannot participate in this promotions and any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification.
Congratulations and thank you for being part of our 2010 FIFA soccer International promotions program .

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