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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:

Date: Sat, 02 Apr 2005 01:42:58 +0200
Subject: UK-LOTTO Sweepstake Lottery International

UK-LOTTO Sweepstake Lottery International
Headquarters: 1a, Bexon Court Carlton
Nottingham shire Nottingham NG4 1SQ Essex
United Kingdom
Customer Service: 580 NCA 85914
Ref: EAASL/941OYI/05
Batch: 12/25/DC34 RE:LOTTO


We happily announce to you the draw of the UK-LOTTO Sweepstake Lottery International programs
held on the 6th of February, 2005 in UNITED KINGDOM Your e-mail address attached to
ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:02-26-29-36-39-40-10

which subsequently won you the lottery in the category “A”. You have therefore been approved to claim a
total sum of £240,750.00 (Two Hundred Four Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Pounds) in cash credited to
file ktu/9023118308/03.This is from a total cash prize of £25 Million Pound, shared amongst the first
Ten (10) lucky winners in this category.

All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw system and extracted
from over 100,000 companies. This promotion takes place annually

Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in
Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your £240,750.00
(Two Hundred Four Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Pounds) would be released to you by our payment office.
Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as
you contact them. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till
your claims is processed and your fund remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.
This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by
some unscrupulous elements. Please be warned. To file for your claim,

Please contact our paying/claim agent:

Mr. Phillips McHall
Foreign Service Manager,
Tel/fax +44 704 011 9679

To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote;
Full names:
Telephone and fax number:
Reference/batch numbers:
In any correspondences with our designated agent.

Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program.
Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.

Mr. James Anderson
United Kingdom Zonal Co-coordinator.

Mr. Paul Snow
United Kingdom zonal Secretary Genera

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