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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: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:59:42 +0000 (UTC)


 We happily announce to you the result of electronic email Address ballot system of Glo International Face-book draw held annually. We wish to inform you that your email address in imesh/Face-book have been picked as a winner of  $250,000.00USD. Your winning code are as followed, Ref: code (NJ-45/BYR3-98/93KN-W2) Batch No (BV376T/GF-3W2/MK84).

This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by FACEBOOK AND conglomerate of some multinational companies as part of our social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where we have operational base. No tickets were sold to any individual but all email addresses were assigned to different Ref: code  and Batch No. for representation and privacy.

Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than 30th of receiving this notification. Any claim not made by his date will be returned to  TREASURY ACCOUNT. And also be informed that 10% of your lottery winning belongs to (THE PROMOTIONS COMPANY). Because they are the company that bought your ticket and played the lottery in your name.

Your fund is now deposited with our Bank/Security Company and insured in your name. Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award from public notice until your claim has been processed, and your winning Payment have being sent to you or remitted to your account, as this is part of our security protocol, to avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking of advantage of this program by participants, as has happened in the past.

you are advised to contact the Claim Auditor in our South Africa regional, where your winning balloting numbers fall for payment, Via e-mail ( TEL (+27746718407). Contact him with the following information:

 Full name:
 Country and address:
 Batch No:
 Amount won:
 Fax/Phone no:
 Email Address:

 Yours Sincerely,
 Mrs.Janet Lewis
 Executive Co-ordinator

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