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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: "Darryn Clarke(Mrs" <uknational.lottery2005@laposte.net> (may be fake)
Reply-To: uknationallottery_notification@yahoo.com
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 05:32:48 +0100
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION

GOVERNMENT ACCREDITED LICENSED!!
BRITISH WEB LOTTERY
IS REGISTERED UNDER THE DATA PROTECTION ACT OF;
(Registration Z720633X)
The Marina Offices,
St Peters Yacht Basin,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
NE6 1HX
England
(Customer Services)
Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369
WINNING NOTIFICATION
We happily announce to you the draw of the UK NATIONAL
LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International program held
on Wednesday 6th of July, 2005. It is yet to be
unclaimed and you are getting the final NOTIFICATION
as regards this. Your e-mail address attached to the
lucky numbers: 3, 12, 17, 36, 44, 49(bonus ball 20),
which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd
category i.e JACKPOT bonus. You have therefore been
approved to claim a total sum of £9,476,995 (NINE
MILLION, FOUR HUNDRED AND SEVENTY SIX THOUSAND, NINE
HUNDRED AND NINETY FIVE Pounds Sterling) in cash
credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.
This is from a total cash prize shared amongst
the(7)lucky winners in this category i.e JACKPOT
bonus. 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 is part of the Country's Programme
to fund for the Olympic Games in 2012 The £1.5bn
Olympic lottery puzzle
(<http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4719851.stm>)
The Olympic fund-raising games will include a TV draw
The National Lottery may have seemed a relatively
simple way of helping pay for the Olympics. The
Lottery must raise £1.5bn over the next seven years to
pay its share of the public money going into the
Olympics. A further £650m will be raised from council
tax in London and another £250m from the London
Development Agency, while similar sums will be raised
from ticket sales, marketing, sponsorship and the sale
of television rights.
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 £684,008 (Six hundred and Eighty-four
thousand and Eight pounds sterling) will be released
to you by any of our payment offices in Europe. Our
European agent will immediately commence the process
to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you
contact him.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your
winning information confidential till your claim 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:
Name:Barrister Gregory Jame
Official Email:barrgregory_jame@yahoo.co.uk
Endeavour to email him your full names,winning
numbers,email address,telephone and fax numbers
immediately. You can go to our online result site to
confirm the value of your winnings and also get a
prize breakdown:-
<http://www.national-lottery.co.uk/player/p/results/unclaimedPrizes.jsp>
Congratulations from me and members of staff of THE
NATIONAL LOTTERY.®
Yours faithfully,
Darryn Clarke(Mrs)
Online coordinator
for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.© Copyright 2005


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