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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: "PREIMER LOTTERYUK" <premierlottosweeptakes@msn.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 21:44:15 +0000
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS PRIZE WINNER!!!

MEMO FROM: THE PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
PREMIER LOTTERY

Congratulations Category A prize winner! You have been selected as one of
two winners of the PREMIER LOTTERY,computer ballot draws and thus will be a
privileged recipient of the grand draw prize of £6,500,000 (Six million five
hundred thousand Great Britain Pounds only). Winning File Reference number
for your prize is PLUK/2030/0181/08; ticket number101-OIO-77/A.

We in the PREMIER LOTTERY,is by this program,launching our model computer
balloting lottery draws,developed and designed to satisfy the cravings of
the ever growing number of participants in our various lottery programs.
with funds accrued exclusively from previous draws, payouts to all Winners
are guaranteed and will be transferred in record time.

After randomly selecting 15,000 participants from an initial database of
300,000 emails and zoning all
participants by their respective continents from across the globe, we
produced an extensive list from
which you have emerged as one of the winners of the Grand Draw prize.To
ensure a smooth collection of your winnings, the transfer of your prize is
to be handled by your Claims Director. You are to contact our agent by email
and/or fax within a week of receiving this notice. Please find full contact
details below:

MRS.Susan EDWARDS
FINANCIAL DIRECTOR
LINK TRUST FINANCE LTD
EMAIL: linktrustfinancecompany@yahoo.co.uk
TEL: +44 704 011 8776
FAX: +44-87-1251-5808

Also find all other relevant winning lottery
information below:
Draw Serial No: 55/849177
Batch No: 01-A223
Zonal Draw No: A1-101
Grand Draw No: 56748
You are seriously advised to keep all winning lottery information and
numbers from the public in line with our company security protocol to avoid
double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by unscrupulous
individuals.

Please direct all further correspondences and queries to your respective
category Prize Transfer handlers. Congratulations once again from the
PREMIER LOTTERY
Family.

Sincerely,
THE LOTTERY COORDINATOR,
PREMIER LOTTERY,
12 BRIDGE STREET,
STAINES MIDDLESEX TW18 4TP UK
UNITED KINGDOM
TEL/FAX: 44 70928998613


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