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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: "Irish Lotto Company" <>
Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 03:57:04 +0100
Subject: Winning Notification

The Irish Lottery
47 Meadow Vale,
Sligo, Ireland.
Ref: LSUK/2031/8161/05
Batch: R3/A312-59


We are pleased to announce to you the draw of the
International Program
held on Saturday 13th May 2006.

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:
56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/05 drew the
lucky number: 35 which
subsequently won the LOTTO PLUS 1 prize. You have
therefore been approved to claim a total sum of
(Three hundred and fifty thousand Euros) in cash
credited to file
KTU/9023118308/05 of Irish Lottery.

All participants for the online version were selected
randomly 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

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
€350,000.00 would
be released to you by any of our payment offices in

To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary



That way your Winnings Certificate and all other
relevant documents/paperwork can be prepared for you.
Note that
all prize funds must be claimed not later than One
month; after this
date all funds will be returned to the LOTTERY
TREASURY as unclaimed. In
order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
please endeavor
to quote your Reference Number ( LSUK/2031/8161/05)
and Batch
Number(R3/A312-59) in every correspondence with your
Furthermore, should there be any change in your
address, do inform your claims agent as soon as

For security reasons, you are advised to keep your
winning information confidential till your claims 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.

Good luck from me and members of staff of the

Yours faithfully,

Sir Haward Grant .

Online Co-ordinator for IRISH LOTTERY SWEEPSTAKE

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