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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: Naional Lottery <uklottery_0021@msn.com>
Reply-To: mark1@pekklemail.com
Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2006 02:08:25 +0000
Subject: YOUR WINNING NOTICE (HAPPY NEWYEAR)

<= IMG alt=3D"The National Lottery Logo" src=3D"http://www.national-lott= ery.co.uk/player/i/tnl_logo_topnav.gif" border=3D0>
    &nb= sp;           =   UK-LOTTO Headquarters
      &= nbsp;          &nbs= p;     Customer Service

The National Lottery
PO Box 1010
Liverpool
= L70 1NL
United Kingdom.
Ref: LSUK/2031/8161/05
Batch: R3/A31= 2-59
WINNING NOTIFICATION:
 
We happily announce t= o you the draw (#999) held on Wednesday , 23rd November 2005.Your e-m= ail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial nu= mber 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 04,29,39,41,43,45,42.
which s= ubsequently won you the Match 5 plus bonus.You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of =A31,251,420(One million, Two Hund= red and Fifty One Thousand, Four Hundred and Twenty Pounds Sterling) = in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.
 
All participants for the online version were selected ra= ndomly from the
World Wide Web through a computer draw system and= extracted from over
100,000 unions, associations, and corporate = bodies that are listed
online.This promotion takes place weekly.<= BR> 
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 =A31,251,420 wo= uld be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.
 
Tel:  +44 7040125683
Fax: +44-87-1247-1755
Provide him with the information below:
1.Name:
2.Address:
3.Marital Status:
4.Occupati= on:
5.Age:
6.Sex:
7.Nationality:
8.Country Of Residence:<= BR>9.Telephone Number:
10.Fax Number:
11.Draw Number above:
=  
That way your winning certificate and all other relevant do= cuments/paperwork can be prepared for you.You would be required to show an instrument of identification when cashing your cheque i.e. = Drivers
license or International passport.For security reasons, y= ou are advised to keep your winning information confidential till you= r claims is processed and
your money remitted to you in whatever = manner you deem fit to claim
your prize. This is part of our prec= autionary measure to avoid double
claiming and unwarranted abuse = of this program. Please be warned.
 
Good luck from me and members of staff of the UK NATIONA= L LOTTERY.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
Sir Jones Dutc= her.
Online Co-ordinator for U.K NATIONAL LOTTERY Sweepstakes Inte= rnational Program.

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