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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: "Online Coordinator Lotto" <stm001@hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 09 Sep 2005 15:35:56 +0000
Subject: CONGRATULATION/WINNING NOTIFICATION

Head quartersThe National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
UNITED KINGDOM
(Customer Services)
Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369
                                                WINNING NOTIFICATION:
 
Dear Sir/Madam,
 
We happily announce to you the draw (#476) of the THUNDERBALL WINNING under the UK/SA NATIONAL LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International program held on Saturday 3rd of September 2005. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers  
Ball number 7 Ball number 20 Ball number 26 Ball number 28 Ball number 30 Thunderball number 14
which subsequently won you the lottery of the Jackpot Prize. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 800,000.00 (Eight hundred thousand pounds sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03. 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 South african booklet representative office in South Africa as indicated in our play coupon. In view of this, your 800,000.00 would be released to you by any of our payment offices in South Africa. Our South African agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. To file for your claim, please contact our fudiciary agent:
Dr. Eric Makany
Tel:  +27-83-985-9444
 
Provide him with the information below:
1.Name:
2.Address:
3.Marital Status:
4.Occupation:
5.Age:
6.Sex:
7.Nationality:
8.Country Of Residence:
9.Telephone Number:
10.Fax Number:
11.Email Address:
12.Draw Number above: 476
 
That way your Winnings Certificate and all other relevant documents/paperwork can be prepared for you. You would be required to show an instrument of identification when cashing your cheque i.e. Drivers license or International passport. 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.
 
You can go to our online result site to confirm the value of your winnings and also get a prize breakdown:-
www.national-lottery.co.uk/player/p/results/results.do
Goodluck from me and members of staff of the UK/SA
NATIONAL LOTTERY.
 
Yours faithfully,
Mr Albert Clinton.
Online coordinator for UK/SA NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.

                     Copyright 1994-2005 The UK/SA National Lottery Inc.
                     All rights reserved. Terms of Service - Guidelines.



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