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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: "British Lottery" <britishlottery172@msn.com>
Reply-To: agent_cole05@yahoo.co.uk
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 07:46:47 +0000
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION!!!

              British Lottery Headquarters.

Customer Service
28 TANFIELD ROAD,
CROYDON, LONDON

Ref: BTL/491OXI/04
Batch: 12/25/0304

WINNING NOTIFICATION.

We happily announce to you the draw of the British  Lottery International programs held on the 1st of December, 2005 in London. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 564 75600545-188 with serial number 5388/02 drew the lucky numbers: 31-6-26-13-35-7, which subsequently won you the lottery in the 3rd category.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total  sum of 1,500,000.00GBP (One million, five hundred thousand, Great Britian Pounds) in cash credited to file RPC/9080118308/04 made available from a total cash prize of  75 Million Pounds, shared amongst the first Fifty (50) lucky winners in this category.

All participants were selected randomly from worldwide web sites through a computer drawn system and extracted from over 100,000 companies. This promotion takes place montly.

Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in our play coupon. In view of this, your 1,500,000.00GBP (One million, five hundred thousand, Great Britian Pounds) would be released to you by our affiliate bank in London as soon as you establish contact.

Please be warned. To file for your claim, contact our Claims Director with the below details:

CLAIMS Agent Cole
Email: agent_cole@yahoo.co.uk

Tel:  +447031905733  

Tel:  +44 704 013 0661


To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, quote your  reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with us or
our designated agent. Congratulations once more.
Faithfully,
Mrs.Calister Miller.
Zonal Co-ordinator.
Sweepstakes International Program.
Open 7 days 8am-11pm

BRITISH LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL

COPYRIGHT 2005 ALL RIGHT RESERVED.

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