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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: "Lotto Nationa" <lottuk_nationa2005@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: robertlongnl22@lycos.co.uk
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 08:22:53 +0000
Subject: CONGRATULATION !!! WINNING NOTIFICATION

The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
UNITED KINGDOM
(Customer Services)
Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369

Sir / Ma,
WINNING NOTIFICATION

We happily announce to you the draw (#948) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,
online Sweepstakes International program held on 28th November 2005 Your
e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545188 with Serial number
5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 05-15-23-30-34-42(bonus no.), which
subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd categoryi.e match 5 plus bonus.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of $950,000.00 ( Nine
Hundred and Fifty Thousand United states Dollars) in cash credited to file
KTU/9023118308/03.This is from a total cash prize of $4,750,000.00 shared
amongst the first (5) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 5 plus 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
promotion takes place weekly.

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, You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of $950,000.00
(Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand United states Dollars) would be released to
you by any of our payment offices in Europe.

Our European agents will immediately commence the process to facilitate the
release of your funds as soon as you contact them. For security reasons,
youare advised to keep your winning information confidential till your
claims 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 with the information
listed below:

Roberts Long
Email: robertlongnl22@lycos.co.uk
Fax:+448701341293

1. FULL NAMES:
2. DATE OF BIRTH:
3. SEX:
4. MARITAL STATUS:
5 CONTACT ADDRESS:
6. TELEPHONE NUMBER:
7. OCCUPATION:
8. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF COMPANY/INDIVIDUAL
LOTTERY.

Yours faithfully,

David Charles
coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program


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