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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: Fri, 3 Jun 2005 07:58:55 -0700

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 (#982) of the UK
NATIONAL LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International
program held on sat 21th May 2005.Your e-mail address attached to ticket
number:56475600545 188 with Serial number 2051\94drew
the lucky numbers:14-34-38-43-47-48(bonus no.9),
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 £1,782,260 (One million,seven hundred
and eightytwo thousand two hundred and sixty pounds sterling) in cash credited
to ile
KTU/9023118308/03.This is from a total cash prize of
£16,212,965 shared amongst the (5) 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 £1,782,260 (One million,seven hundred and eightytwo
thousand two hundred and sixtypoundssterling) 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 claims 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: Mrs Lillian Giggs Email:

You can go to our online result site to confirm the
value of your winnings and also get a prize
Goodluck from me and members of staff of the UK
Yours faithfully,
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program


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