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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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Please note about this email:

Fraud email example:

From: "uk-onlinenational game-lottery" <>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 17:25:27 +0000

The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
(Customer Services)
Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369

Dear Lucky Winner,


We are pleased to notify you the draw (#915) of the UKNATIONAL LOTTERY,

Online Sweepstakes International Lottery Program held onFriday 26 febuary 02, 2005.
Participants were selected through a computer ballot systemdrawn from a
pool of over 25,000 names of distinguished professionalsdrawn from Europe,
America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Middle-East, partsof Africa, and
North & South America as part of our internationalpromotions programme conducted annually to encourageprospective overseas entries.

 We hope with part of your prize awards, you will take partin our subsequent lottery jackpots. The result of ourcomputer draw (#915) selected your name and email address
attached to e-ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serialnumber 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:
04-14-23-31-35-41(bonus no.24), 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£2,000,000 (two million pounds stelling) in cash credited to file

This is from a total cash prize of£456,000,00 shared amongst the first Six (6) lucky winners in this categoryi.e. Match 5 plus bonus. Your prize award has been insured
in your name and is ready for claims.

 To begin your claims therefore, you are advised toexpeditiously contact our licensed and accredited claimagent for Overseas Lottery Winners within a period of 21
days (date of this email inclusive) for the processing ofyour winning and remittance to your designated bank accountafter all statutory obligations have been satisfactorily
dispensed with.

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

 In view of this, your £2,000,000 (two million Pounds Sterling) would be released to you by any of our
payment offices in Europe.

Please be informed that claimsnot processed within the stipulated period may be forfeitedto the poolwithout further notice. Our European agent willimmediately commence the process to facilitate the releaseof your funds as soon as you contact him. You may wish toestablish contact via e-mail with the particulars presentedbelow citing the batch and reference numbers to this letterbetween 24hours on Monday through saturday .

Overseas Claims Unit
United Kingdom Lottery Fiduciary
Contact Person: Mr. Williams Robinson
Tel: phone:+447031942677

Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality, and press anonymity until the end of proceedings, and beyond where they so desire. Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of confidentiality until the end of proceedings to circumvent problems
associated with fraudulent claims.

This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.

At your disposal, we remain.
Very Truly Yours,
Bertron Hill
The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL


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