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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:

Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 14:33:59 +0000
Subject: December Notification

Dear sir/madam.
The royal british lottery organisation
12 bridge street,
Staines middlesex tw18 4tp
United kingdom.
Ref: lsuk/2031/8161/04
Batch: r3/a312-60

We happily announce to you the draw (#356) of the Royal British lottery
Organisation,online Sweepstakes International program held on 5th of
December 2005.

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545-188 with serial
number 5368/02 Drew the lucky numbers: 8-9-10-19-33-11 which subsequently
won you the lottery in the 2nd
Category i.e. Thunder ball jackpot. You have therefore been approved to
claim a total sum of£100,000(one hundred thousand pounds) in cash credited
to file ktu/9023118308/05.

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 yearly between Septembers to December every year.

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 winning prize of £100,000(one hundred thousand pounds)
would be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.
To file for your claim, please contact our claims department;

Name: Mr. Phillip harts
Tel/Fax:070 058 7353

In other for the certificate and all other relevant documents/paperwork can
be prepared for you. 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.

Good luck from me and members and staffs of the Royal British lottery
Yours faithfully,
Sandra pius.
Online coordinator.

N.b: please do not reply to this mail. Contact your claims agent
immediately. Winners under the ages of 18 are not allowed.

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