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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: "UK NATIONAL LOTTERY" <claimswinsconfimation214@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: claimsdeptonline_uk@yahoo.co.uk
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 15:52:10 +0000
Subject: CONFIRM YOUR WINNING

 U.K National Lottery On-Line                                               
                                                      
                                  PROMOTIONS HEADQUATERS
                                     The National Lottery
                                        P O Box 1010
                                       Liverpool, L70 1NL
                                       UNITED KINGDOM
                                      (Customer Services)
                                       Ref: UK/9420X2/68
                                       Batch: 074/05/ZY369
 
                                    WINNING NOTIFICATION
We happily announce to you the draw(#1095) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY, online Sweepstake international program held on WED 21 JUNE 2006. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with serial number 5368/02  drew the lucky numbers below:
DRAW ( 1095) WED 21 JUNE 2006
8 16 27 38 44 49   Bonus ball 31
                                     Bonus Ball

                         
                       TO WINNER IN OUR PROGRAM
We wish to congratulate you over your success in our computer balloting
sweepstake .
This is a millennium scientific computer game in which email addresses
were used. It is a promotional program aimed at encouraging internet
users;therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for the game.
However, your email address was attached to ticket number 56475600545 188 with serial number 5368/02 .
which eventually won the lottery in the first category of the draws. Therefore, you have won a lottery jackpot prize awards of
£200,307.( TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND, THREE HUNDRED AND SEVEN POUND STERLING)
This is from total prize money of £801,228. ( EIGHT HUNDRED AND ONE THOUSAND, TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY EIGHT POUND STERLING)distributed to winners from
1st to 4th categories.
Note that this program was largely promoted and sponsored by a group of
philanthropist, industrialists from the internet hardware industry and some
other big multinational firms who wish to be anonymous.
OUR SPONSORS

You may wish to establish contact via e-mail with the particulars
presented below citing the batch and reference numbers to this letter. 
Ref No: UK/9420X/68, 
Batch No: 074/05/ZY369
         Custer Service Unit
Processing Manager: Mrs LAURA BRADLEY
Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality, 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.
 
CONGRATULATIONS !!!
At your disposal, we remain.Very Truly Yours,
RICHARD K LLOYDS(Mr),
Director.International Promotions Unit
Online co-ordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.
Phone:+44-703-194-2033
 

 
                                LAST WINNERS ON UK NATIONAL LOTTERY 
                  

 
    You must be 16 or over to play or claim a prize
     Copyright ¬© 1994-2006 The UK  National Lottery Inc.
                  All rights reserved. Terms of Service - Guideline
                           
                    77635 476378 255667460


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