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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: =?iso-8859-1?q?GEORGE=20HARRIS?= <george_harris123@yahoo.co.in>
Reply-To: george_harris2006@yahoo.co.uk
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2006 06:04:41 +0530 (IST)
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION!!!


I have a new email address!You can now email me at: george_harris123@yahoo.co.in

The National Powerball Lotery

HEADQUATERS Macclesfield,

United Kingdom

NW3 1MM

(Customer Services)

WINNING NOTIFICATION:

Ref: XYL /26510460037/05

Batch: 24/00319/IP

Contact Email address: powerball_prize@yahoo.ca



Dear Winner,

We happily announce to you the draw (#1024) of the

UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,online Sweepstakes

International program held on 8th of February 2006

Your e-mail address attached to ticket

number:56475600545 188 with

Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:





which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd

category i.e match 5 plus bonus.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum

of £1,000,000( One Million pounds) in cash credited to

file XYL /26510460037/05 .

This is from a total cash prize of 10 million pounds


shared amongst the (10) lucky winners in this category

i.e Match 1 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 one time in

a year .

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 £1 million ( One Million

pounds) would be released to you by any of our

payment

offices in around the world.

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 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 claims agent:

Overseas Claims Unit

UK Lottery Fiduciary

Mr Wilson Petkovic

Email: nplclaimsunit@yahoo.co.nz

Tel:+44-7005-982-568 Fax:+44-870-9127126

cc:Email: drpetkovic22@yahoo.com.au



Our European agent will immediately commence the

process to facilitate the release of your funds as

soon as you contact him. You

may wish to establish contact via e-mail with the

particulars presented

above citing the batch and reference numbers to this

letter.

Our winners are assured of the utmost standards

ofconfidentiality, and

press anonymity until the end of proceedings, and

beyond where they so

desire. Be further advised to maintain the strictest

level of

confidentiality until the end of proceedings to

circumvent problems

associated with fraudulent claims. This is part of our

precautionary

measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse

of this program.

Goodluck from me and members of staff of the

UK Powerball National LOTTERY.

Yours faithfully,



DR. GEORGE HARRIS

EMAIL:npl_drgeoge99@yahoo.co.in

Online co-ordinator for UK NATIONAL POWERBALL

LOTTERY.



- GEORGE HARRIS


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