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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:

Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2005 09:46:10 +0000

The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
UNITED KINGDOM                                        Date:1-09-2005.
(Customer Services)
Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369
                                                   The National Lottery Logo

                                  WINNING NOTIFICATION:

We happily announce to you the draw (#953) of the UK NATIONAL
LOTTERY,online Sweepstakes International program held on on Thursday
1st September, 2005.

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:56475600545 188 with 
Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 07-11-12-20-38-44(bonus 
no.45), which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.ematch 5
plus bonus.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £250,000 (Two
hundred and fifty thousand pounds sterling) in cash credited to file

This is from a total cash prize of £1,000,000 shared amongst the first
four (4) 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
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 £250,000 (Two hundred and fifty thousand
sterling)  would be released to you by any of our payment offices in

Our European agent will immediately commence theprocess 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.Fred cole,
You can go to our online result site to confirm the value of your
winnings and also get a prize breakdown:-

Goodluck from me and members of staff of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY.

Yours faithfully,
Brian Hunt,
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL
Sweepstakes International Program.

Open 7 days 8am-8pm.

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