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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: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 19:58:19 +0100

The National Lottery
Suite 179 1007
West/Zuld, L70 1NL
Zwolle Holland
(Customer Services)
Ref: DEUK/9383/8161/99
Batch: GI/SE12-59

Login to
We are please to announce you as one of the 10 lucky winners in the national lottery held on the 12th
December , 2005. All 10 winning addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 50,000,000
international emails. Your email address emerged alongside 9 others as a category 2 winner in this year
national lotto game draw
Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of £1,000,000 Dollars (one million
pounds sterlings) only. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote
your reference number and batch numbers:

1, Batch 7499-4206-5876
2, Ref: 739801527-Nll
3, lucky numbers 94-1-537-97-31-809

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 £1,000,000 would be released to you by
any of our payment offices in Europe.
To file for your claim, please contact

Advocate Patrick cox
Telephone number +31 -6100- 234 82
Fax: +31-847-545-681
Bejes law & Associates
This will enable the office of bejes & asscociates to send the claims application form (A4) to you the can confirm your winnings when you LOGIN TO
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. Remember, all winnings must be claim not later than Decmeber
19th, 2005, after this date, unclaimed funds will be returned to the national Lotto
Good luck from me and members of staff of the NATIONAL LOTTERY.

Yours faithfully,
Mrs Mari Rooney
Online coordinator for THE NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.

Dear Winner,
Yours faithfully,
Mr Lambart Rooney
Online coordinator for THE NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.

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