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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: "Kimberly Waters"<>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2017 18:48:59 -0700
Subject: Winner Notification BDHITLJPXY

Allow me to introduce myself,my name is Kimberly Waters Coordinator,of
Premier lottery international

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners
International programs held on the 23th of March, 2017.

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number

27511465896-6410,with serial number 4204-777,drew lucky numbers
5-21-23-34-61-72 which consequently won in the 2ND category,you have
therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of $ 2,500,000 (US DOLLARS).

Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified

May i say Congratulations

Please note.

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your
winning information confidential until your claims has been processed
and your money Remitted to you.

This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.

Be informed that all participants were selected through a computer
ballot system drawn from over 20,000 company and 30,000,000 individual
email addresses and names from all over the world.

This promotional program takes place every three years.

Remember all winning must be claimed not later than 30 Days.After
this date all un! claimed funds will be included in the next stake.

To file for your claim, please contact our Overseas Service
Agent :

Mr Donald Obrian.

Morgan,Obrian & Owens (Esq)


Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications,remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers
all correspondence.

Ref Number: WHAL/618/028/05/JUGM Batch Number: AT-05-SB07.

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.

Sincerely yours,

Ms Kimberly Waters(Coordinator).

Premier lottery international
Nieuwe Zijds Vooburgwal, NL- 1009 CEH
Amsterdam Netherlands

The information contained in this electronic message and any
attachments may contain confidential or privileged information intended
for the exclusive use of the addressee(s). If you are
not the intended recipient,please notify the sender by reply e-mail and
destroy all copiesof the original message and any attachments.
In accordance with Electronic Communications Privacy Act,18 U.S.C.§§


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