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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: "Australia Power-Ball Lottery" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:40:42 -0700
Subject: Attention Email Owner:

Are you the owner of this e-mail address? if yes, then congratulations!

We are Pleased to inform you that your email was selected amo ng the winning numbers of the recently Lotto conducted from the Australia Online Power-Ball Lottery Company and we shall be glad if you can claim your Prize,

please respond to this mail within 72 hours otherwise we will assume that you are not interested.We conducted the Lotto using Lotto as part of our tax relief program set up by the Australia International Lottery Board and Yahoo Inc/Power-Ball Company, on this note we congratulate you and wish you best of luck as you claim the prize attached to this Lotto.

These are your Identification Numbers.

Ticket number.........085-12876077-09
Serial number........51390-0
Lucky number........3-6-11-14-17-35-4
Ref number........YR12-805-093AU

(i) Your name.
(ii) Contact telephone
(iii) Contact Address.
(iv) Your ticket and prize numbers.
(v) Quote amount won.
(vi) Notification date.

Mr. Phil L. Newton
Payout Manager Australia Lottery

In case you are thinking of how you won without entering, then know again that this very draw 8th of February, 2014 in which you have emerged as a winner of Australia Power-Ball Lottery Organization was a free ticket online email address draws winnings where thousands of email addresses was collected from almost all over world websites and used for the online draws/sweepstakes and during winners selection your email address came out among the first ten winners which won you the lottery in the first winnings category and entitles you to claim the sum of AUD$7.5 Million without any hitches.

Once again Congratulations.

Yours sincerely.

Mr. Walters Alson
From: Australia Online Lottery
Tel- +614-88804163
Fax- +61280155650

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