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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: "ONLINE WINNER" <tslotuk@msn.com>
Reply-To: financialdirector4@consultant.com
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 01:07:59 +0000
Subject: NEW DRAWS

 
FROM: THE LOTTERY COORDINATOR,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT 
     
Dear Recipient,
 
                        RESULTS FOR CATEGORY "A" DRAWS
 
Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice, the results of the First Category draws of
TRIPPLE STRIKE LOTTERY UK. We are happy to inform you that you have emerged a winner under the First Category, which is part of our promotional draws. The draws were held prior to your notification .
 
Participants were selected through a computer balloting system drawn from 2,500,000 names/email addresses of individuals and companies from Africa, America, Asia, Australia,Europe, Middle East, and Oceania as part of our International Promotions Program.
 
You/Your company email id, attached to ticket number 6422-5-486, with serial number 59-18 drew the lucky numbers 33-92-78-05 (18) and consequently won in the First Category.
 
You have therefore been awarded a lump sum pay out of $9.700,000(Nine million, seven hundred thousand dollars) each, which is the winning payout for Category" A" winners. This is from the total prize money of $19,400,000 shared among the 2 winners in this category.
 
CONGRATULATIONS!
 
Your fund is now deposited with our transfer agents Capital Investment And Trust Consultancy Ltd,and insured in your name. In your best interest and also to avoid mix up of numbers and names of any kind, we request that you keep the entire details of your award strictly from public notice until the process of transferring your claims has been completed, and your funds remitted to your account.This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants/ nonparticipants of this program.
 
We also wish to bring to your notice our end of year premium stakes draw where you stand a chance of winning up to $50 million (fifty million united state dollars); we hope that with a part of your prize you will participate in it.
 
Please contact your claims agent immediately for due processing and remittance of your prize
money to a designated account of your choice:
 
Mr.Bradford Hudges
Financial Director,
Capital Investment And Trust Consultancy Ltd
Terence House/133 London Rd,
Thatcham, RG28 4LQ
TEL:+447031940715
FAX:+44-87-1239-1044
EMAIL:financialdirector4@consultant.com

You are advised to contact our agents by email and/or fax within a week of receiving this notice. Failure to do so may warrant disqualification.
 
NOTE: For easy reference and identification, find below your reference numbers. Remember to quote these numbers in every one of your correspondence with your claims agent.
 
REFERENCE NUMBER: TGA-4GA-75339
 
Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotional
program.

Sincerely,
 
THE LOTTO COORDINATOR,
TRIPPLE STRIKE LOTTERY UK
SPRING VILLA BUSINESS PARK 
SPRING VILLA ROAD 
EDGWARE, MIDDLESEX
HA10 9EB
 
N.B: Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification. Please do not reply to this mail box. Contact your claims agent immediately.
 



 

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