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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: sjgFaith Burke <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 10:01:23 -0600

Ref: KPC/9080118309/03/TCA
Draw No: 05/1019


We happily bring to your notice the results of the UK National Lottery
International programs held on the 28th September, 2005 in London .
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 564 75600547 491 with Serial number: 5391/14 drew
the lucky numbers: 21 - 32 - 41 - 42 - 43 - 46 - 17, which subsequently won you a prize in the 2nd
category. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £501,034.00 pounds equivalent to
US$ 913,685.60 (Nine Hundred and Thirteen Thousand, Six Hundred and Eighty-five United States
Dollars and Sixty cent) in cash credited to file KPC/9022823809/05/TCA.

This prize is from a total cash prize of £ 2,800,000 pounds shared amongst the first Five (5) lucky winners
in this grand category "B". This year Lottery Program Jackpot is the largest ever for British Lottery. The
estimated £ 2,800,000 pounds jackpot would be the Fifth-biggest in U.K. history. The biggest was the
USD 363 Million jackpots that were shared between two winners in the January 2004 draw of The Big
Game Mega Millions' predecessor.

All participants were selected randomly from various websites on 'The World Wide Web, www' through a
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 prize remitted to you as required in this grand category "B" terms and
conditions of claims.

This is a part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this
program by non winners. Please note that, your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet
representative office in London as indicated in our play coupon. In view of this, your £501,034.00
pounds equivalent to US$ 913,685.60 (Nine Hundred and Thirteen Thousand, Six Hundred and
Eighty-five United States Dollars and Sixty cent) prize would be transferred to your designated Bank
account. Our approved agent, The Trans Atlantic Company will immediately commence on processing
your claims, to facilitate the release of our prize to you as soon as you make contact with them.

Please be advised as follows: To file for your claim, kindly contact our fiduciary agent with the below
details for processing your claims:
Name: Mr. Jeffrey Rice.
E-mail: ( Foreign Manager,
Payment and Release order Department, Trans Atlantic S.A London, United Kingdom.

Note that, all claims processes and clearance procedures must be duly
completed early to avoid impersonation and or double claiming. To
avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your reference/draw numbers in any
correspondences with us or our designated agent.

Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this program.

Yours Faithfully,
Mrs. Faith Burke
Lottery Co-ordinator.
TEL:0044 776 747 5238
FAX NO/+44-870-129-9820

For: The UK National/ International Promotion's.

N.B please confirm your winning from our central lottery link with your
Draw number: 05/1019


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