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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: "The National Lottery" <xmas_lottopromotion@msn.com>
Reply-To: vii_lleclair@yahoo.ie
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 04:39:16 +0000
Subject: Official Xmas Notification of Winning (UKON 2005)

THE NATIONAL LOTTERY.
THE MARINA OFFICES, ST PETERS YACHT BASIN
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, NE6 1HX
ENGLAND
 
FROM: THE DESK OF THE DIRECTOR PROMOTIONS,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
 
Winning Ref No: UKON-5464K2/71
Lucky Numbers: 14 . 33 . 36 . 39 . 42 . 46 . [13] Bonus Ball
 
Date: 14-12-2005
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RE: Official Xmas Notification of Winning (UKON 2005)
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Dear Winner,
You have been Selected  in the Xmas UKON 2005 Lottery Program. Our lottery program selection has finally been performed today which was held at the Marina  office. UK Promotion is a joint Euro/America private lottery registered and organized in accordance with the World Lottery Regulation act. We the The National  Lottery organizing committee are pleased to officially notify you of the status of your email application. An official notification of winning is hereby issued to you as your email promotion ticket randomly drew for the Lucky Numbers:14 . 33 . 36 . 39 . 42 . 46 . [13] Bonus Ball which selected your email as the 2nd winner of our lottery program you have consequently won the lottery program in the first batch.
 
We have officially approved a sum payout of 950,000.00 GBP only to you as the lottery winner. This amount is from total prize cash of   2,850,000.00 GBP randomly distributed among Three (3) international winners selected by our Lottery Random System Selection (LRSS). All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names/ email issued from Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe, North America and Asia, as part of our International Promotions Program, which is conducted yearly. Your prize can only be obtained from the assinged listed corresopndence office, they are to assist and provide helpful information to you in order to receiving your prize. The National Lottery Promotion,
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Claims Unit Department,
Contact information:
Contact Person:  Lehman Leclair
Contact email:-
vii_lleclair@yahoo.ie
Tel:                +447023050848  +447023052284
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Please carefully read all information provided on your winning
file.please remember to quote your winning reference and Lucky winning number correspondences with this office. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform us as soon as possible. Congratulations again from all our staff for being part of UKON 2005 Lottery Program.
Sincerely,
Information Department
The National Lottery Promotion
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NB:The National Lottery holds the right to cancle your winning if you are below the age of 18,Employees and immediate family members of employees of The National Lottery, its associated companies,professional advisers, advertising and promotional agencies are not eligible to be winners of this promotional lottery.Contacts should be made directly to the Claims Unit Department via email on or before 14 days after receiving your winning notification as this is mandatory.Please complete the form below with correct information and email back to the claimsunit with a return email. Looking forward to your urgent reply.
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This email and its attachments are confidential and intended for the exclusive use of the addresse(s). This email and its attachments may also be privileged or protected by legal rules. If you have received this by mistake please let us know by reply immediately and destroy the email and its attachments without reading, copying or forwarding the contents.

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