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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: "Richard Lloyd" <>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 17:10:51 +0000

The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
(Customer Services)

Ref: UK/9420X2/68

Batch: 074/05/ZY369


We happily announce to you the draw (#957) of the UK NATIONAL
LOTTERY,online Sweepstakes International program held onSaturday,28th May,

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial
number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers 10-16-21-24-34-46-30 which
subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category
i.e match 5 plus bonus.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £122,479 (One
Hundred and Twenty Two Thousand, Four Hundred and Seventy Nine Pounds
Sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.
This is from a total cash prize of £1,837,185 shared amongst the first
Fifteen (15) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 5 plus bonus.

All participants for the online version were selected randomly from
World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over
100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online.
This promotion takes place weekly.

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 £122,479 (One hundred and Twenty Two Thousand, Four Hundred and
Seventy Nine Pounds Sterling) would be released to you by any of our payment
offices in Europe.

Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the
release of your funds as soon as you contact him.

For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information
confidential till your claim is processed and your money 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. Please be warned.

To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:

Mr. Lawrence Springs
Tel: +447031946929

Good luck from me and members of staff of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY.

Yours faithfully,
Richard K. Lloyd
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,
Sweepstakes International Program.
0841 288 8000
Open 7 days 8am-11pm.

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