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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: "uk_national lotto_claimsdept" <uk_national_lotto_claimsdept@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 15:32:25 +0000
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION: (UK NATIONAL LOTTERY)

                                                  The National Lottery
                                                       P O Box 1010
                                                   Liverpool, L70 1NL
                                                    UNITED KINGDOM
                                                  (Customer Services)


Ref:UK/9420X2/68
Batch:074/05/ZY369

Date:13th December,2005


                      WINNING NOTIFICATION:


We happily announce to you the draw (#996) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,online Sweepstakes International programme held 29th october 2005. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:56475600545 188 with  Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 07,22,20,28  40,37,38 Bonus Ball which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 5 plus
bonus.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 350,000 (Three hundred and fifty thousand pounds sterlings)in cash credited to file  KTU/9023118308/03.This is from a total cash prize of 1,400,000 shared amongst the first four(5)lucky winners in this category i.e Match 5 plus bonus.

All participants for the online version were selected randomly from WorldWide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over  100,000unions,associations, and corporate bodies that are listed
online.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 350,000 (Three hundred and fifty thousand pounds sterlings)would be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe. Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact her.

For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential. yourclaim will be 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 programme. Please be warned.

To file for your claim, please contact us with the following informations,

1.Full name:
2.Phone number:
3.Address:
4.Occupation:
5.Sex:
6.Age:
7.Nationality:

Please note:that in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence.

Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional programme.

PLEASE CONTACT CLAIMS AGENT:

CONTACT PERSON: MRS. SANDRA MOREY.

E-MAIL: uk_national_lottery_claimsdept@yahoo.co.uk

For Management.

 

 

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