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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: "Shirley Wesley" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 08:24:05 +0000
Subject: Congratulations! Treat with Despatch

U.K National Lottery On-Line
The National Lottery
P. O. Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
(Customer Services)
Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369

We happily announce to you the draw (#1024) of the
Uk National Lottery, online Sweepstakes International
program held on the 15th of October, 2005.
It is yet to be claimed and you are getting the
final NOTIFICATION as regards this.
Your e-mail address attached to
ticket number: 56475600545 188
with Serial number 5368/02 drew
the lucky numbers: 04 07 29 30 42 44
Draw Machine: AMETHYST

(bonus no.39), which subsequently won you the
lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 6.You
have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £867,454
in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.This is from a
total cash prize of £4,337,270 shared amongst the (5)
lucky winners in this category i.e Match 6 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
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 £867,454 (Eight Hundred and Sixty Seven Thousand,Four hundred
and Fifty Four Pounds Sterling) would 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 claims is processed and your
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

Mr. Mark Busby, via his email
You can browse on our online result site to confirm
the value of your winnings and also get a prize
Goodluck from me and members of staff of the Uk National Lottery.
Endeavour to email/fax him your full names,winning numbers,
telephone and fax numbers immediately.
Uk National Loterry.

Yours faithfully,
Shirley Wesley.
Online coordinator for Uk National Lottery
Sweepstakes International Program.
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