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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:

Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 23:29:30 +0000
Subject: Congratulations!!!

The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
(Customer Services)
Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369


We happily announce to you the draw (#956) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,online
Sweepstakes Internationalprogram held on Wednesday December 7th, 2005.

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545188 with Serial
number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 02-08-11-12-22-26-46(bonus no.),
which subsequently won you the lottery in the 1st category i.e match 6.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £245,419(two
hunderd and forty five thousand,four hunderd and nineteen pounds sterling)
in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.

This is from a total cash prize of £2,050,548.00 shared amongst the first
six (6) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 6.

All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World
Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000
unions, 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 You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum
of You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of GBP
£341,758(three hunderd and forty one thousand,seven hunderd and fifty eight
pounds sterling)would be released to you by any of our payment offices in

Our European agents will immediately commence the process to facilitate the
release of your funds as soon as you contact them.

For security reasons, you are advised to keep yourwinning 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.

To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:

Mrs Carthy Bells.

For further clarification/verification of your claims, Please call on any of
our official numbers as stated in notification e-mail.

You can go to our online result site to confirm the value of your winnings
and also get a prize breakdown:-
Goodluck from me and members of staff of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY.

Yours faithfully,
Richard K. Lloyd.
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program

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