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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: "INDIA 2013 ICC WOMEN WORLD CUP" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2013 01:38:25 +0530

Sudbury Suffolk CO10 2PG

Attn: Lucky Winner,

We are pleased to inform you that you have emerged as one of the winners in the ICC Cricket women World Cup 2013 ( INDIA 2013 ) Promotional Award.
Your email address was selected by our Electronic Random Selection System (ERSS) from an exclusive list of 800,000 e-mail addresses of individuals from South Africa, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies, Australia, New Zealand, England and India. No tickets were sold.

Your email address is identified with
Batch Number:P1/56/2013 and
Number: PL 3917/182-09 in Category "B" and your claims portfolio is filled with
Ref Number:ICCL/013-005/XX. You are therefore confirmed eligible to receive a cash prize of 500,000.00,GBP(Five Hundred Thousand united state Dollars) out of the total payout.


Your prize award has been insured under a certified international Bank Draft, and will be given to you after meeting the claims requirements,
statutory obligations, verifications, validations and satisfactory report. To file for the processing of your prize sum payment, you are advised to contact our Certified and Accredited agent for category "B" winners with the information below:

Name: Dr. Noble William
Telephone: +447017034318
Endeavor to provide here with the following information in your contact with him.
Contact Address:
Fax number:
Do you like cricket game? ……..

NOTE: All winnings must be claimed not later than 7 working days, thereafter unclaimed funds would be included in the next stake. Remember to quote your reference information in all correspondence.
You are to keep all lottery information confidential, especially your reference.
This is important as a case of double claims will not be entertained.
Members of staff of affiliate agencies are automatically not allowed to participate in this program.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.

Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.

Yours Faithfully,
Dr.David Richardson.
ICC Promo Manager.

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