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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: "richard lloyd" <>
Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2005 07:47:50 +0000
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION Batch: 074/05/ZY369 Ref: UK/9420X2/68

The National Lottery Logo

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 (#1010) of the UK
Sweepstakes International program held on saturday 27th of
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:
56475600545 188 with Serial
number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:
06-13-17-23-32-43(bonus no.49)
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 68,576 (sixty eight thousand five hundred and seventy six pounds sterlings)
in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.This is from a total cash
prize of 2,577,248 to be  shared amongst the (35) 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,68,576 (sixty eight thousand five hundred and seventy six pounds sterlings)
would be released to you by any of our
payment offices in london.
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,Helen Moore
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
Yours faithfully,
Richard Lloyd
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program

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