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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: "mildred hugo" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 14:57:32 +0000
Subject: attn..winner

The National Lottery
Blanchardstown Corporate Park 2,
Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
(Customer Services)
Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369

Dear Lucky Winner,
We are pleased to notify you the draw of the EURO
International Lottery Program held on Decemeber 1st
2005.Participants were selected through a computer
ballot system drawn from a pool of over 25,000 names
of distinguished professionals drawn from Europe,
America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand,Middle-East,
parts of Africa, and North & South America as part of
our international promotions programme conducted
annually to encourage prospective overseas entries.
We hope with part of your prize awards, you will take
part in our
subsequent lottery jackpots.
The result of our computer draw selected your name and
email address
attached to e-ticket number: 56475600545 188 with
Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:
03,09,35,39,42,with luckystars (01),(08), which
subsequently won you the lottery inthe 2nd category
i.e.5+1 star Category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum
of €1,737,262
(One million, Seven hundred and thirty seven thousand,
Two hundredand sixty two euro) in file
KTU/9023118308/03.This is from a total cash prize
shared amongst the first Six (6) lucky winners in this
category i.e.5+1 star Category.
Your prize award has been insured in your name and is
ready for claims. To begin your claims therefore, you
are advised to expeditiously contact our licensed and
accredited claim agent for Overseas Lottery Winners
within a period of 21 days (date of this email
inclusive) for the processing of your winning and
remittance to your designated bank account after all
statutory obligations have been satisfactorily
dispensed with.
This promotion takes place weekly. 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 €1,500,000 (One million, Five
hundred thousand euro) would be released to you by any
of our payment offices in Europe.
Please be informed that claims not processed within
the stipulated
period may be forfeited to the pool without further
Our European agent will immediately commence the
process to facilitate the release of your funds as
soon as you contact him. You may wish to establish
contact via e-mail with the particulars presented
below citing the batch and reference numbers to this
letter between the hours of 8.00am -7.30pm on Monday
through Friday.

Overseas Claims Unit
United Kingdom Lottery Fiduciary
Contact Person: Mr.Paul Vanfrant.
Phone: +44-70-4010-4120
Fax: +44-870-3890-165

Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of
confidentiality, and press anonymity until the end of
proceedings, and beyond where they so desire. Be
further advised to maintain the strictest level of
confidentiality until the end of proceedings to
circumvent problems associated with fraudulent claims.
This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid
double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.
At your disposal, we remain.
Very Truly Yours,
Mrs.Mildred Hugo.


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