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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: "National Uk Lottery" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 06:13:38 +0000
Subject: You emerged our winner

The National Lottery
1a-Bexon Court Carlton,
Nottingham shire,
NG4 1SQ Essex,
United Kingdom.

Customer Service: 680 NCA 85914
Ref: 074/05/ZY369
Batch: UK/9420X2/68
Zonal Draw No: GMLA2-005
Grand Draw No: 12099


We happily announce to you the draw of the National Lottery
International programs, held on the 12th of DECEMBER 2005 in Manchester,
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 5647 5600 5465 5188
with Serial number 5368/05 drew the lucky numbers: 19-6-26-17-35-47,
which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of Two Million
Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars ($2,500,000.00) in cash credited to
file ktu/9023118308/03.This is from a total cash prize of $25,000,000,
shared amongst the first Ten ! (10) luc! ky winners in this category. All
participants were selected randomly from World Wide Website through
computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies.

This promotion takes place annually. 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
$2,500,000 in cash credited to file KPC/9080118308/02, would be
released to you by our payment office in Europe.

Our European agent will immediately commence the process to
facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. For
security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning in formation
confidential till your claim is processed and your money sent to you.
This is 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 our fiduciary agent:

NAME: DR.Thomas Brown

To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your
full names, your country, your private Telephone and fax number, your
Reference/batch numbers etc in any correspondences with us or our
designated agent. Please be informed that all winning must be claimed
on or before 23rd of DECEMBER 2005.

Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program.
Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.

Yours Sincerely,
Mr.Richard Lloyd,


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