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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: "Edris Denedo" <edrisdenedo@blackglobalnetwork.net>
Reply-To: edris_denedo1@myway.com
Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 04:07:44 -0500
Subject: FINAL WINNING NOTIFICATION:

FINAL WINNING NOTIFICATION:
The National Lottery
PO Box 1010
Liverpool
L70 1NL
United Kingdom.
Ref: LSUK/6704/7306/05
Batch: B4/L187-82

WINNING NOTIFICATION

ATTENTION:Sir/Madam,

We happily announce to you the draw (#1032) held on Saturday, 12th Nov. 2005.Your e-mail address attached to ticketnumber: 472154861407 225 with Serial number 7306/05 drew the lucky numbers: 12, 13, 25, 30, 45, 47 +42 Bonus Point Ball which subsequently won you the match five plus bonus.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 2,000,000,000.00 (Two Million Euros) in cash credited
to file KTU/31276508175/03.

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 weekly.

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 2,000,000,000.00 (Two Million Euros) would be released to you by any of our payment offices
in Europe.

To file for your claim,you are to Provide to this office with the information below:

1.Name:
2.Address:
3.Marital Status:
4.Occupation:
5.Age:
6.Sex:
7.Nationality:
8.Country Of Residence:
9.Telephone Number:
10.Fax Number:
11.Draw Number above:

That way your Winnings Certificate and all other relevant documents/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, 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. Please be warned.

Good luck from me and members of staff of the U.K NATIONAL
LOTTERY.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Edris Denedo.
Online Co-ordinator
U.K NATIONAL LOTTERY Sweepstakes
International Program.

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