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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: "uk Lottery lottery" <>
Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2005 04:30:28 +0000
Subject: You Are winner of Uk Lottery

National Lottery Headquarters:
Customer Service
an Affiliate of watergate inc.
Ref: EAASL/941OYI/02
Batch: 12/25/DC34


We happily announce to you the draw of the National Sweepstake Lottery
International programs held on the 1st of August 2005 in London.Your Name
and e-mail address attached to ticket number: 564 75600545188 with Serial
number 5388/02 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 £5,500,000.00(Five
Million Five Hundred Thousand Pound) in cash credited to file
KPC/9080118308/02.This is from a total cash prize of £125 Million pound.

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 £5,500,000.00(Five Million Five Hundred Thousand
Pound)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
promotion takes 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 elements.

Please be warned.To file for your claim, please contact The Officer
incharges with the below details for processing of your claims.


To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your
reference/batch numbers 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.


Dare Peters

EURO-ASIAN Zonal Coordinator

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