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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 BOARD <lotteryverification5@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 18:43:53 -0500
Subject: YOU ARE A LUCKY WINNER


UK NATIONAL LOTTERY HEAD
QUARTERS CUSTOMER SERVICE,
28 TANFIELD ROAD
CROYDON LONDON,
UNITED KINDOM.

BATCH Nº:14/017/1PD
REFNO:UKLD/345/76/06


WINNING NOTIFICATION

U.K National Lottery wishes to inform you that the results of the E-mail address ballot lottery international program held by Great Britain Your email account have been picked as a winner of ONE MILLION GREAT BRITISH POUNDS (£1,000,000.00). This results is now released to you.All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer ballot draw system and extracted from over 100,000 union associations and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion is part of this year uk national lottery email users bonaza. U.K National Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and also Licensed by the The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR). This promotional lottery is the tenth of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public.

All winning must be claimed not later than eight working days of 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 to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program,For the release of your winning, kindly submit the completed form to your verification unit:

*IMPORTANT* FILL OUT THIS WINNERS VERIFICATION FORM BELOW:

*Name of Winner:
*Address:
*City/State:
*Nationality:
*Sex:
*Email Address
*Ref no:
*Batch no:
*Phone no:
*Occupation:
*Next of Kin:
*Age:
*Amount won.

DECLARATION:

Contact your verification unit at the National Lottery Head Quarters with
the below details:
Name Of officer: Robert Williams.Mr
Email Adress: lotteryverification1@yahoo.co.uk

Congratulations from the staff and thank you for being part of email
account users program. Accept my hearty congratulations once again

Mary Ander.Ms
Zonal Coordinator,
U.K National Lottery .

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