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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: "U.s green card" <>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 22:14:00 +0700
Subject: Congratulations You Have Won U.S Green Card Visa Lottery

Congratulations You Have Won U.S Green Card Visa Lottery
US Department of State BannerIVC
*United States Department of State, *
*National- visa- center
32 Rochester Av,*
*Portsmouth****, **NH** 0358801-2 **USA**

*Case- Number: **FRC 55865663318
Preferences- Categories:- (DV DIVERSITY)
Foreign- State -Chargeability*
*Dear winner,*
*We wish to inform you that you are among the lucky selected winners of
the U.S. Green Card Email ballot lottery program of the 2010/11 edition . *
This e-mail ballot visa lottery program was innovated on March by
USAFIS, This is the 2nd edition of the program and its designed to be
held every year, the aims and objectives of the program is to give free
visa's to citizens of developing countries around the world who wishes
to travel to U.S and start a new life and work.

In this innovated program, no registrations were being made or required
as the program was being conducted through computer draw system of
e-mail random extractions from world wide registered websites.

In this 2nd edition of the program, two hundred and twenty five (225)
U.S visa's were released and 6.3 million e-mail addresses were extracted
from world wide registered websites during the 33-days extraction period
that ran for final selection, all extracted email addresses were
assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy for
final- selection through computer- draw- system.

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number (564002-188) drew the
lucky number's which subsequently won you the U.S visa and we are
sending the winning notification directly through the selected winning
e-mail address which means that if you receive the winning notification
in your mail box that you have been selected among the lucky winner's.

Approximately One hundred and fifty five (155) lucky selected winner's
had been notified through their selected e-mail addresses including you

Your visa winning identification Case number is ( *FRC 55865663318*)
Note that your visa winning identification Case number is your PIN CODE
to claiming your visa.

Any selected lucky winner from the some countries will be disqualified,
this is because each has more than 50,000 candidates in the U.S:

Basic- question.
How can I make the claim of my visa?
You will obtain your visa through the U.S Consular officer in your home
country or country of your present residence and note that the U.S
Consular officer in your home country or country of your present
residence will not attend to you without your processed documents of
which to access your visa- winnings through their network database.

Our visa processing agents had been apportioned among six geographic
regions, all selected lucky winner's will need to act on their claims
applications quickly before the visa claim expiration deadline**(^30 ^th
April 2012)**


*Tel : +66-8-679-213-07*
**N.B: Processing Fee.
Single- us$890
Dual- us$1,420**

How can I pay the processing fee?
The following forms of payment are accepted:

western Union Money transfer.
Money Gram.
Bank transfer.*
All the selected -lucky -winner's will get free air tickets to the
U.S. Your air ticket will be send to you by- our Asia /pacific /middle
east agent together with your processed documents.

Please read and follow all the enclosed instructions very carefully.*
*Do not reply back to this notification e- mail (busy)*
*For further inquiries;
Contact our Asia /pacific/middle east agent where your visa winning
details falls.

Sincerely yours,
**Mr. Tony Brooke **
Secretary General US Consulate Kentucky .*

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