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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: South Africa National Lottery Promo <>
Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2013 03:09:09 -0400
Subject: South Africa Lottery Promo 2013

South Africa National Computer Email Award 2013
69 Drift Boulevard (R114)
South Africa.

Ref. Nº: SA/007/07/12/JHB
Batch. Nº: GHT/2907/333/13.

We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer
balloting sweepstake held on 29th July 2013. This is a millennium
scientific computer game in which email addresses were used. It is a
promotional program aimed at encouraging internet users; therefore you do
not need to buy ticket to enter for it. Your email address attached to
ticket star number (4-5) ,serial number 09898 drew the SOUTH AFRICAN
LOTTERY lucky numbers 3-19-26-49-50 which consequently won the draw in the
Second category.
You have been approved for the star prize of R857, 000.00 (Eight
Hundred And Fifty
Seven Thousand South African Rand Only)
You are advised to keep this winning very confidential until you
receive your lump prize in your account or optional cheque issuance to you.
This is a protective measure to avoid double claiming by people you may
tell as we have had cases like this before, please send your Full Name,
Home and Office Tel & Fax Number, Mobile Tel Number and your winning ticket
number, reference numbers and amount won information for processing of your
winning fund to our registered claim agent in address below.

Dirk Raymond
155 Ontdekkers Rd, Horizon 1724,
Cnr Ontdekkers & Pheasant,
Horizon Park, Florida

Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 20th August,
2013.Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
remember to quote your reference number and batch number in all
correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do
inform our agent as soon as possible.

Once again congratulations.
Best regard,
Mrs. Emily Simon,
Lottery coordinator.

The information transmitted is intended only for the person or entity to
whom or which it is addressed. Unauthorized use, disclosure or copying is
strictly prohibited. The sender accepts no liability for the improper
transmission of this communication or for any delay in its receipt.

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