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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: "Winner's Choice" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2010 21:34:13 +0800
Subject: Re: Respond Immediately

Winner's Choice Lottery:

>From Winner's Choice Lottery in Association with Life World LLC!
We are happy to announce to you that you have won award of $1,750,000
at the China Payment Center.

Ticket Number: 29-52-9-14-11-5
Serial Number: M6-N72
Batch Number: DW/D/CN/21/201D
Reference Number: VT.AGT.013.NXN

Your email address name attached to a ticket number:
29-52-9-14-11-5 with the serial number: M6-N72 drew
the lucky number 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$1,750,000.00 each in this section. Therefore you must
contact your Claim Agent.

Mrs.Grace Wu Fengpeng
Winner's Choice Foundation Lottery
Address: Guangdong International Center

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 worldwide.

This will be issued from our paying bank. 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 . 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.
Parrilla G.

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