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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:

From: "Graham Scott" <>
Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2005 01:00:05 +0000
Subject: YOU HAVE WON!

Macclesfield, United Kingdom.
Customer's Service Center
Ref Number: UK/910/16454
Batch Number: VC/32/ID1141

Dear Sir/Madam

We happily announce to you the result of the UK PRIME LOTTERY programs
held yesterday the 30th of August in ENGLAND AND WALES. Your e-mail
address attached to ticket number 5224652456UT with serial number
0098/UK0204, batch number VC/32/ID1141,lottery ref number UK/910/16454
and drew lucky numbers 03-01-15-20-34-33-07 which consequently won in the
2nd category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of
&#8356;850,000(Eight hundred and fifty thousand pounds sterling)in cash
credited to file KLTT/KTU/2004ETN.This is from a total cash prize of
&#8356;8.5 Million pounds sterling, shared amongst the first TEN (10) lucky
winners in this second category. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your
winning information confidential until your claims has been Processed
and your money Remitted to you. This is part of our security Protocol to
avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some
unscrupulous elements. Be informed that all participants were selected
through a computer ballot system drawn from over 40,000 company and
20,000,000 individual email addresses from all over the world. This
promotional program takes place every year and it is promoted and
sponsored by Association of software producers.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:
Macclesfield, United Kingdom
Remember, all winning in this second category must be claimed not later
than 30th of October, 2005. After this date all unclaimed funds will
beincluded in the next stake. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary
delays and complications please remember to quote your reference number
and batch numbers in all correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent
as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for
being part of our promotional program. Note that you must contact your
claims agent within one week of receipt of this notice.
Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.


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