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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 INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY" <ukwinnersonline@platonet.net>
Reply-To: mrdavidroy_claims@yahoo.co.uk
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2006 12:10:38 +0800
Subject: FINAL WINNING NOTIFICATION!!!


THE UK INTERNATIONAL 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 (#1096) of the UK INTERNATIONAL
LOTTERY,online Sweepstakes International program held on Sat 24th June,
2006.

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:56475600545 188 with
Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 09-14-21-23-39-44 (bonus
no.19), 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 £500,000 (Five hundred thousand pounds sterling) in cash credited
to file KTU/9023118308/03.

This is from a total cash prize of £9,500,000 shared amongst the (19)
lucky winners in this category i.e Match 5 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 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 £500,000
(Five hundred thousand pounds sterling) would be released to you by any
of ourpayment offices in Europe.

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 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.

To file for your claim, please contact our Fudiciary Agent:
Mr. David roy
Official Email: mrdavidroy_ukclaims@yahoo.co.uk

NOTE: The lucky numbers are the lotto numbers.

You can go to our online result site to confirm the value of your
winnings and also get a prize breakdown:-
www.national-lottery.co.uk/p/results.do

Congratulations from me and members of staff of THE UK INTERNATIONAL
LOTTERY.

Yours faithfully,
Mr. Richard K. Lloyd
Online coordinator for THE UK INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.



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