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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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Fraud email example:

From: "National" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2005 18:54:26 +0000
Subject: NOTICE

Olympic Way, Sefton Business Park,
Aintree Liverpool, L70 1NL, United Kingdom.

Our Ref: NWY/UK-NL/0101/05. Your Ref: NWY/UK-NL/03CTG/0101/05.
Machine Used For the Draw: PEARL.
Ball Set Used: 3.
Jackpot Winners: 3.
Winners by Lucky Dip: 220158
Winning Numbers: 19 - 22 - 33 - 36 - 43 - 44 - 01.
Grand Prize Awards: GBP £ 987,470.00,

Dear our treasured lucky winner,


On behalf of the National Lottery Organisation, I congratulate you for being one of the selected lucky Jackpot Winners for this Promotion Email Lottery Bonus via the Internet which took place on 5th day of February 2005.
The result of our computer Draw 950 of this day selected your email address through our internet central database on the lucky jackpot winning number 19- 22 - 33 - 36 - 43 - 44 - 01 which consequently won the lottery jackpot grand prize awards in the 3rd category.

As a result, you have been approved a lottery jackpot lump sum grand prize awards winning of GBP £ 987,470.00 (Nine Hundred and Eighty Seven Thousand, Four Hundred and Seventy Great British Pounds Sterling Only) which is currently bonded and insured under a comprehensive insurance policy in your names as the legitimate owner of this email address being the true and lawful beneficiary of this Prize Awards winning. This prize award winning is from the total amount of GBP£20,628,037 shared among the 878,132 lucky winners in this category as part of our New Year 2005 Promotional programme to encourage overseas participants in subsequent email lottery. This is your Golden opportunity that your fate has brought to you and we are well pleased to have you in our master database.
You have the options of being paid by Cash, Certified Bank Draft or Swift Telegraphic Transfer as you desire. NO PRIZES WILL BE RE-ISSUED AFTER THE 29TH DAY OF MARCH 2005!

ELIGIBILITY: This promotion is offered only electronically via the Internet and is open to all natural persons age at least 16 years and older with a valid email address recorded in our central database. This promotion is void where prohibited. Principals and employees of the National Lottery and its respective parents, subsidiaries and immediate family members of each are not eligible to claim their prize awards. We have always strived to keep the games easy to play and win, keep the games fresh and interesting, respond to emails from players/advertisers and lucky winners as quickly as possible and pay our winners as fast as possible after all statutory obligations have been duly completed on the part of Overseas winners. We feel we have accomplished this and this is probably one of the main reasons that we have been able to stay in business and rated the best National Lottery organisation among others.

CLAIM PROCEDURES: All overseas lucky winners must be able to identify themselves in association with the selected lucky email address to claim their prizes as allocated and also it is our standard practices to allocate accredited claim agents for the processing of claim application on behalf of overseas lucky winners and payment of prize awards to the benefit of lucky winners after all modalities have been completed satisfactorily. To begin your claims therefore, you are advised on final notice and as a matter of urgency, to contact our licensed and accredited claim agent for Overseas Lucky Winners for the processing of your prize awards winning file and payment of your prize to your designated bank account. Contact the under-listed institution by phone, fax or email for your application to be submitted and processed for payment thus:

Contact Officer: Mr. Alex Eduardo .
Customer Support Unit - CSU,
Elot Financial Reconciliation Inc.,
T/f No: +44 - 7092 806 060.
Fax No: +44- 7092 806 061.

Be advised to officially introduce yourself to your claim agent as allocated with a copy of this award notification letter and present your full contact information, Your Telephone and Fax Number and valid means of personal identification as true beneficiary/lucky winner of this lottery jackpot grand prize to enhance your payment processes.

(a) Being an Overseas lucky winner, you constitute entrant's full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance to comply with the terms and conditions of claims to avoid any discrepancy in the cause of payment of your grand prize awards winning.

(b) Due to mixed up in some numbers and names and for the purpose of confidentiality, be advised to keep this award notification as secret from public notice until your claim has been processed and your prize money remitted to your designated bank account as this is part of our precautionary measures to avoid double claim or misuse of this programme by some social miscreants. Hence, your prize award winning is confidential as our winners are at liberty to remain completely anonymous until payment is effected to the benefit of the beneficiary. Our staffs are sworn to secrecy, so you will be the only one to know what you have won hence, this notification via this medium (EMAIL) to avoid interception of official letters by post.

(c) By this bonus grand prize awards winning, you acknowledge your understanding and acceptance to be added to our lottery master player database.

(d) By this bonus grand prize awards winning, you agree to receive our periodic mailings which will include, but are not limited to: Newsletters, Invitations to Play, Announcements for other Lottery Games and Offers we feel would be of interest to our master player.

(e) By this bonus grand prize awards winning, you understand that you have the right to be removed from any such mailing list which automatically disqualifies you from subsequent lottery entries. Removal instructions are on every mailing.

(f) Finally, we hereby do solemnly guarantee to maintain the privacy of our master players/lucky winners database and shall not make available for sale, rent, lease or misuse any information about our players/lucky winners. Hence, our staffs are sworn to secrecy thereby guaranteeing adequate security of personal information provided by our players/lucky winners.

In conclusion therefore, you are to take cognizance of the limited time frame for claim processing and payment of your grand prize award winning hence, this is promotional programme prize awards for a stipulated period of time and therefore, be advise on final notice to begin your claim immediately as all prize award winnings must be claimed and disbursed within the stipulated period tagged "End of Claim" date as elapse of this date will authorized funds withholding for redirection to Charity Account as abandoned/unclaimed without notice.
On this note once again, we congratulate you for this lucky grand prize award and wish you the best of luck everyday in all your life endeavours.

As always, we remain at your complete disposal.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Grade CBE,
Promotion Director.
International Promotions Unit,
UK National Lottery Organisation,
Liverpool L70 1NL, United Kingdom.

Security Advice

At The National Lottery we understand the importance of security. That's why we've created highly secure facilities to give you confidence during our promotions programs or when you play our games online, on TV via Sky Active or using your mobile phone to play by text.
Warning: Fraudulent emails are circulating that appears to be using National Lottery addresses, but are not from us. If you receive similar email that is not from us, kindly disregard/discard it immediately. Do NOT reply any such email but genuine email from us via this email address. Our security pages that will give you more information about current scams and what measures you can take to protect yourself

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