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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: Mon, 6 Jun 2005 19:20:34 +0100
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?UK=20LOTTERY=5FCUSTOMER=20CARE=20UNIT?=

The National Lottery
P O Box 1010 Liverpool,
L70 1NL
Tel +447040112683,+447031846405
(Customer Services)
Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369
We happily announce to you the draw (#981) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,online
Sweepstakes International program held on Wednesday 18 May 2005 .Your e-mail
address attached to ticket number:56475600545188 with Serial number 5368/02
drew the lucky
numbers: 4-19-22-27-28-47 (bonus no 41), which subsequently won you the
lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 5plusbonus.You have therefore been
approved to claim a total sum of £70,398 (Seventy Thouand,Three Hubdred
And Ninety-Eight Pounds Sterling) in cash
credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.This is from a total cash prize of £774,378
(Seven Hundred And Seventy-Four Thousand,Three Hundred And Seventy-Eight
pounds Sterling )shared amongst the (8) lucky winners in this category i.e
Match 5plus bonus.All participants for the online version were selected
randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted
from over 100,000unions,associatons 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
£70,398 (Seventy Thouand,Three Hubdred And Ninety-Eight 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 claims is processed
and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claimyour
prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming
and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned.Tofile for your
claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:

. Email--- or or,or

Yours faithfully,
Richard K. Lloyd.
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program NATIONAL LOTTERY
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