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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: alireza talim <>
Date: Sat, 7 Aug 2010 22:57:56 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: help

Dear Sir/Madam
I have received this email, last week.
if it is possible, please let me know it's real or just a scam?
i will be grateful of your reply.
sincerely yours,
alireza talimkhani

The International Awareness
Promotion Department Of
E.A.A.S Lottery Headquarters,
Euro-Afro Asia Sweepstake lottery
22 Gaden close,Stamford,
Lincs, PE9 2YP,War Wall London
United Kingdom.
Reference Number: E.A.A.S/2551256003/23
Phone number +4470--31858764
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$250,000.00 ( (Two
hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) in Cheque.

All participants in this lottery program were selected randomly through a
computer ballot system, drawn from 85.000.000 individual email addresses from
all search engines.Your e-mail address was picked by the automated computer
ballot system, which has been programed for this random selection. This has
eventually qualified you for the Winning.This promotional program takes place
annually, and is promoted and sponsored by eminent personalities, Sultan of
Brunei, Bill Gates of Microsoft Inc.With the support of European corporate
companies and organizations to encourage the use of Internet and computers

Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Asian
representative's booklet in JAKARTA INDONESIA as indicated in your batch number:
FA1305U-ID. In view of this, your US$250,000.00 Cheque would be released to you
by Our Asian Fiduciary Agent, Our Asian Fiduciary Agent will immediately
commence the process to facilitate the release of your Cheque as soon as you
contact Barrister Mohammed Yasin's office in Jakarta Indonesia.

Please contact BARRISTER MOHAMMED YASIN in Jakarta Indonesia for your claim with
the following details below to enable the speedy evaluation and processing of
your winning.

1 Name. 2 Home address. 3 Telephone number. 4 Age and occupation. 5 Ticket
number. 6 Serial number. 7 Batch number. 8 Reference number.

E-mail: or
Tel: +62 219500-6563

For security purposes and clarity we advice that you keep your winning
informations confidential, and not to be disclosed to anyone until your claim
have been fully processed and your winning Cheque delivered to you. BE WARNED!

Your winning details can only be released to your fiduciary agent who will
commence the process of your winning, This is to avoid wrong and double claim,
it is also part of our security protocol to avoid unwarranted abuse of this
program by some unscrupulous element.You are requested to contact Our Asian
Fiduciary Agent in Jakarta Indonesia for your claim.Please note that all
winnings must be claimed not later than one month after the date of this winning
notification.In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications make sure
that your winning details are quoted correctly in all correspondence.

We advice that you adhere strictly to these procedures to avoid
disqualifications and subsequent cancellation.The above detailed information
will be absolutely necessary to facilitate the process of your winning
Cheque.Once again! please Note that this winning is valid for one month and
failure to issue claims after this period, your cheque will be automatically

Mrs Olivia Smith,
Lottery Zonal co-ordinator

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