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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: "SUPER LOTTO 6/49" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2010 20:39:13 +0200
Subject: Final notice to claim your lottery prize money!!!

Dear Winner,

This is to inform you that you have won prize money of One Million five hundred thousand dollars
($1,500,000.00) for the 2010 International E-mail Draw which is Organized by the Super Lotto6/49 in
collaboration with Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC). Super Lotto 6/49 accumulate all
email addresses of the people that are active online with the help of our Electronic ballot system, among
the millions that subscribed to Yahoo, Aol, sbcglobal, Gmail, Russian Mail, Comcast, Hotmail and few from other email
providers. Six people are selected yearly to benefit from this promotion and you are one of the
Selected Winners. This is first of its kind and please note that you did not purchase a ticket to enter for
this draw.

WINNING NUMBERS: 34 23 41 2 19 with a bonus 7
AMOUNT WON: $1,500,000.00

Winners shall be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Center. Shell Award must be claimed not
later than 15 days from date of Draw Notification. Any Prize not claimed within this period will be

Stated above is your reference and winning numbers:
This numbers fall within the South African Location file, you are requested to contact our fiduciary agent
in Johannesburg with the details below and send your winning and reference identification numbers to
Name: Mathew Sechaba
Tel: +27 724 288 517
Fax: +27 (0)800 982 271
He shall immediately commence the process that will facilitate the release of your fund to you.

Yours in service,
Dr. (Mrs.) Kaitlin Buffington
[Publicity Secretary]

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