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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: "david camp" <>
Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2005 10:16:49 +0000


Dear Winner,


We are pleased to inform you of the result of the United Kingdom Lottery
Winners International programs held on the 30th of August 2005. Your e-mail
address attached to ticket number 77007742781005-18721 with Reference number
UKLO/69-88800 drew winning numbers 7-00-71-00-66-49 and credited to batch
number 12100, which consequently won in the 'A' category.

You have therefore been approved for a pay out of £1,800,000.00 (One Million
Eight Hundred Thousand Pounds).

Your funds are now deposited and insured with a Finance Company to be
transferred into your nominated bank account either by means of wire
transfer or by whatever suitable means.
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning
information very confidential till your claim has been processed and your
prize/money Remitted to you.

This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claims and unwarranted
abuse of this program by some participants. All participants were selected
through a computer ballot system drawn from over 4,000,000 company and
individual email addresses and names
from all over the world. This promotional program takes place annually.

We hope with part of your winning you will take part in our next year £20
Million Pounds International Lottery. To file for your claim, you will be
contacting Western Capital Funding the accredited finance agent authorised
to process your claims for your payment(You will receive more information
upon your acknowledgment of this email).

This lottery is promoted and sponsored by software corporations and other
private organisations to help individuals generate flight capital which
would encourage them to expand their business frontiers and assist with
humanitarian concerns.

Please Note that winnings must be claimed not later than 15th of October,
2005. After this date all unclaimed, funds will be included in the next
stake coming up in 2006. Please note that in order to avoid unnecessary
delays and complications remember to quote your reference number in all

Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform us as soon as
possible. Congratulations from our organisation and thank you for being part
of our promotional program.

N.B: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified from this


Brian Phillip,
Programs coordinator
(Capital Group)

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