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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: webcountygames001 <>
Date: Mon, 15 May 2006 19:54:11 -0700

The County Group,:
Operators of The Webcounty Lottery Games UK.

REF Nº: UKL/74-A0802742006
BATCH Nº: 2006UKL-01


The Webcounty Lottery Games wishes to inform you that the results of the E-mail address ballot lottery international program by Great Britain held on 1st of May, 2006. Your email account have been picked as a winner of a lump sum pay out of Five Hundred Thousand Great Britain pounds (500,000 00 pounds sterlings) in cash credited to file REF NO. REF: UKON-5464K2/71. This is from total prize money of GBP 2, 000, 000.00 shared among the FOUR (4) international winners in this category.

All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web through computer balloting system drawn from over 100,000 names database, union associations and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion is this year's United Kingdom National Lottery New Year bonanza. The County Group, operators of the United Kingdom Webcounty Lottery Games is approved by the British Gaming Board and also Licensed by the The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR).

All winning must be claimed not later than 14 working days from this notification. After this time all unclaimed funds will be retured to European Union Treasury as unclaimed. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference number in all correspondence.

Be advice to keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol and measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.

To begin your claim, please contact your claims agent:

Mr Bartholomew Simms.
Tel: +44-703-191-7822

He will brief you on steps to be taken for due processing and remittance of your prize money.

Note below your winning details:

Ticket Nº: 22-13-56-40-96-98-8
Serial Nº: A5612/44
Lucky Nº: 45-67-66-56-84-01 Bonus- #7
File REF Nº.: WCLG/22-A0802742006
BATCH Nº.: 2006WCLG-06

Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.


Rev. Flora Mega
Online Coordinator,
Operator of The Webcounty Lottery.

N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the Winners will result to disqualification.

NOTE: Do not reply this mail. You are to contact your claims officer immediately. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference number in every one of your correspondences.


Your application for the claim of lottery winning prize will be duly processed and settlement made upon certification.

Hence, carefully fill in the appropriate information in the space provided below for record purposes to facilitate our immediate commencement of your claims process. The completed form should be sent to your claims agent for immediate commencement of prize remittance.

*Name of Beneficiary:
*Email Address:
*Next of Kin:
*In Figures:
*In Words:
*Lucky Nos:
*Ticket No:

Attach a scanned copy of either your driver's linece or international passport for identification purpose after proper verification and processing of your winnings has been carried out.


Verified by:________________

Confirmed by: ________________


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