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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: "BRITISH ONLINE LOTTERY PROMO." <claimsdepartment00@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2006 05:39:47 -0500
Subject: WINNING NOTICE !!! CONTACT PAYOUT DEPARTMENT.

BRITISH NATIONAL ONLINE LOTTERY
UK National Lottery,
2 Lansdowne Row,
Berkeley Square,
London, W1J 6H,
United Kingdom
 

Ref  : UK/776090X2/23
Batch: 013/05/8394369

Draw date:18/7/2006
                                       
                  
                                 WINNING NOTIFICATION
We happily announce to you the Draw (#942) of the UK NATIONAL
LOTTERY,online UKNationalLottery  program held on 18th July 2006.

Your e-mail address attached to Ticket Number: 8603775966738 with
Serial number 5368/02 drew the Winning Numbers:09,18,22,29,30,48,
(bonusno.23), which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd
category i.e match 3 plus bonus.

You have therefore been approved to claim total sum of  $1,500,000.00
(One Million five Hundred Thousand  Unites State
Dollars) in cash credited to file.This is from a total cash prize of
this category i.e Match 3 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.

your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet repre!
sentative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In
view of this, your $1,500,000.00  (One Million five Hundred Thousand
Unites State Dollars) will be released to you by
any of our payment offices in Europe.

Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate
the release of your funds as soon as you contact her.For security
reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential
till  your claim 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.

To file for your claim,Please contact our Fiduciary Agent for
VALIDATION.


************************************************************************************************************************************************************************
Barrister Simon Whorse.
Foreign Services Manager, Payment and Release order
Department,CLAIMS PROCESSING  LOTTERY AGENT.
TRANS-ATLANTIC S.A LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
Tel Phone    :+44- 702-305-4517
Fax              :+44- 870-490-2844k
E-mail         :payoutclaimsdept00@yahoo.co.uk

**********************************************************************************************************************************************************************

Endeavour to email him your full names,winning numbers,email
address,telephone and fax numbers immediately.
Congratulations from me and members of staff of THE UK NATIONAL
LOTTERY.

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