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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: "Laura Banks" <lottery_info_205@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 01:05:01 +0000
Subject: (50) lucky winners

                                                 
                        
                                                    
                                                          
                                              
 
BRITISH LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS:
Customer Service
AN Affiliate of THE ROCKEFELLER
FOUNDATION
28 TANFIELD ROAD,
CROYDON.LONDON
Ref:BTL/4910X1/04
Batch: 12/25/0340
 
WINNING NOTIFICATION:
 
We happily announce to you the draw of the BRITISH Sweepstake Lottery International programs held on the 13TH November 2005 in London.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:69475600545-721 with Serial number 8867/04 drew the lucky numbers:31-6-26-13-35-7,which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.You are therefore,been approved to claim a total sum of US$2,500,000.00 (Two million, five hundred thousand, United StatesDollars) in cash credited to file KPC/9080118308/02.This is from a total cash prize of US $125 Million dollars, shared amongst the first Fifty (50) lucky winners in this category.
 
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in our play coupon. In view of this, your US$2,500,000.00 (Two million, five hundred thousand,United tates Dollars) would be released to you by our affiliate bank in London.Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds to you as soon as you make contact with her.
 
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies.This promotion takes place annually. 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 a 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 with the below details for processing of your
claims.
                                                               
AGENT: Mrs Laura Banks
Email:info_lottery_dollars@yahoo.com
 
                                                       
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications,please quote your reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with us or our designated agent.Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program.Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.
 
Sincerely,
Micheal Ronin.
BRITISH LOTTERY ZONAL ONLINE CO-ORDINATOR
 
 
 
                                                   
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