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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: "National Lottery" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 12:59:40 +0000
Subject: CUSTOMER SERVICES..........................................................

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 (#942) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,
online Sweepstakes International program held on 23rd of November,
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:56475600545 188 with
number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:4-6-9-12-15-40 (bonus no.25),
subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 5 plus

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £3,987,470
million nine hundred and eighty seven thousand,four hundred and seventy
pounds sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03. This is
from a
total cash prize of £15,949,880 shared amongst the(4)lucky winners in
category i.e Match 5 plus bonus.All participants for the online version
selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw
system and
extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies
are listed online. This promotion takes place weekly.

Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European
representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In
view of
this, your £3,987,470 (Three million nine hundred and eighty seven
thousand,four hundred and seventy pounds sterling)will be released to
you by
any of our payment offices in Europe.

Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate
release of your funds as soon as you contact her.For security reasons,
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
Mr Fred Armstrong.

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

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

Yours faithfully,
Rose Wood (Mrs)
Online coordinator for THE NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.

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