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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:

Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 03:19:23 -0900
Subject: You Have Just Won End Of Year Lottery / Contact Your Claim Agent

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UK National Lottery,
2 Lansdowne Row,
Berkeley Square,
London, W1J 6H,
United Kingdom.

Draw date:10/12/2005 Bonus

Ref : UK/776090X2/23
Batch: 013/05/8394369

We happily announce to you the Draw (#942) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY, online UK National Lottery program held on 10th December 2005.
Your e-mail address to Ticket Number: 8603775966738 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the Winning Numbers:20,23,25,30,31,48,bonus no.10, which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 3 plus bonus.attached

You have therefore been approved to claim total sum of $1,628,360.00 (One Million Six Hundred And Twenty Eight Thousand Three Hundred And Sixty Million United States Dollars) in cash credited to file.This is from a total cash prize of $20,350,000.00,shared amongst the Winners with different amount won in this category i.e Match 3 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.

your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet repre!
sentative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In
view of this, your $1,628,360.00 (One Million Six Hundred And Twenty Eight Thousand Three Hundred And Sixty Million United States Dollars)
will 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 her.For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim 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 for VALIDATION.

Barrister David Green.
Foreign Services Manager, Payment and Release order
Tel Phone:+447031949266

Endeavour to email him your full names,winning numbers,email address,telephone and fax numbers immediately.

Congratulations from me and members of staff of THE UK NATIONAL LOTTERY.

Yours faithfully,
Rose Wood (Mrs)
Online Coordinator for THE NATIONAL LOTTERY

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