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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: "Visa USA Inc." <>
Reply-To: "Visa USA Inc." <>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 00:29:36 +0000 (UTC)

2000 Purchase Street
Purchase, NY 10577

REF NO: BTL/4910X1/15
BATCH NO: 12/25/0315


We humbly wish to inform you that you have awarded prize of Two Million United States Dollars ($2,000,000.00) for the yearly lottery promotion which was organized and sponsored by Visa USA Inc.

Visa USA Incorporated announced you as one of the 10 lucky winners in the ongoing Visa lottery program drawn from each ISP through Electronic Balloting System (EBS) without the candidate been applying. However, your email address attached this e-ticket number 564.756.005, with serial number 5388/08 has falling within our Africa representative center as indicate in your play coupon, which consequently won you the sum of $2,000,000.00 (Two Million United States Dollars) in the first random.

All participants were selected through Electronic Balloting System (EBS) hence no ticket was sold and you have therefore been approved for a lump sum of $2,000,000.00 (Two Million United States Dollars) in cash. Please be advice to keep your winning information confidential until your claims have been processed and your prize remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.

For verification and release of your winning, contact your claims officer via email or telephone below:

Contact Person: -------- Mr. Donald Thompson (Administrator)
E-mail Address: ---------
Toll-Free Number: ---------------- 1-800-200-3515

You are to provide the below information to the Claims Officer to facilitate your payment with one of our recommended paying bank. Send your Identification numbers/your personal information immediately to our processing office.

Full Names: ___________________________________________
Contact Address: ______________________________________
Cell Phone: ___________________________________________
Country of Residence: __________________________________

The claims officer will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your prize as soon as you contact him. Endeavor to quote your winning batch number and reference number for confirmation of your winning in your correspondences with him. Please follow our guidelines outlined at the body of this message, we collect personal information to process your claim and to learn more about how we use your information, see our Privacy Policy

All payment shall be made in full amount at same/instant moment through our paying bank without any reduction.
Note: All winnings must be claimed not later than 15 days upon receipt of this notification. After this deadline, any unclaimed prize will be returned to Visa USA Incorporation. Furthermore, should there be any change in your address, do inform your claims officer as soon as possible.

Congratulations!!! once again from all our staff here.

All winners shall be paid in accordance with his/her settlement center.
This offer is only available for you this season, now take the next step and claim your prize
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