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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: "Michael Ronin" <>
Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2005 09:08:06 +0000
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION:Ref: BTL/491OX1/04 Batch: 12/25/0304

                                                British Flag
British Lottery Headquarters:
Customer Service
  Ref: BTL/491OX1/04
  Batch: 12/25/0304
  Date: 01/09/2005
We happily announce to you the draw of the British Lottery
International programs held on the 1st of September 2005 in London.Your
e-mail address attached to ticket number: 694 75600545 721 with
Serial number 886/04 drew the lucky numbers: 31-6-26-13-35-7,which
subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.You are
therefore, been approved to claim a total sum of
US$2,500,000.00(Two million, five hundred thousand, United
StatesDollars) in cash credited to file RPC/9080118308/04.This is
from a total cash prize of US $125 Million dollars, shared amongst
the first Fifty (50) lucky winners in this category.
This year Lottery Program Jackpot is the largest ever for British
Lottery .The estimated $125 million jackpot would be the
sixth-biggest in U.K. history.The biggest was the $363 million
jackpot that went to two winners in a May 2000 drawing of The Big
Game, Mega Millions' predecessor.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our
European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in
our play coupon. In view of this, your US$2,500,000.00 (Two
million, five hundred thousand,United States Dollars) would be
released to you by our affiliate bank in London.Our agent will
immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your
funds to you as soon as you make contact with him .
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site
through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000
companies.This promotiontakes place annually. 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 a part of our precautionary measure to avoid double
claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous
Please be warned.To file for your claim, please contact our
fiduciary agent with the below details for processing of your
AGENT: Mr Jeffrey Green
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your
reference/batchnumbers in any correspondences with us or 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 Michael Ronin
Zonal Coordinator


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