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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:

Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2011 13:28:10 -0700
Subject: Congratulations

We are pleased to announce you as one of the 3 lucky winners in E-GLOBAL LOTTERY draw held on the 3nd of April, 2011. All 3 winning email addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 5,000,000 international emails. Your email address emerged alongside 2 others as a 3rd category winner in this month's draw.

Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total payout of US$2,000,000.00 ( TWO Million United States Dollars Only). The following particulars are attached to your lotto payment order:

(i) Winning numbers: 23,33,00,11,79
(ii) Serial number: 394,99,78
(iii) Lotto batch number: SF4087
(iv) Reference number: SPL-003-7

Please contact the under listed claims officer as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings;

Claims Manager
Tel: +447024079662
Fax: +44 7005981754

This is to give you a brief explanation of how you emerged a winner in SOFT PLUS Global Lottery. The third category
draws of E-GLOBAL LOTTERY is a promotional draw, whereby participants do not have to buy tickets to formally
enter into the draws, about 5,000,000 international and local emails were selected randomly by a computer ballot system and entered into the draws, you consequently emerged as one of the 3 winners in this category. This entitles you to a cash prize of US$2,000,000.00 (TWO Million United States Dollars Only).

Once again on behalf of all our staff, CONGRATULATIONS!!!


Mrs Claire Anderson
Promotions Manager
Tel: +1 206-202-1615

1. All claims are nullified after 10 working days from today.
2. Your Ref number must be in all your mails with the claims officer.
3. Do inform the claims officer of any change of names or addresses.
4 .Contact your claims agent by fax or e-mail (Mr. JONATHAN EDWARD)

Claims Manager
Tel: +447024079662
Fax: +44 7005981754

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