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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:

Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 11:23:10 +0100

                                  British Lottery Headquarters:
                                          Customer Service
                                         28 TANFIELD ROAD,
  Ref: BTL/491OX1/04
  Batch: 12/25/0306
[Winning Numbers]
Lotto Ball number 4Lotto Ball number 22Lotto Ball number 9Lotto Ball number 24Lotto Ball number 30Lotto Ball number 41Lotto

 Bonus Ball number 20  
We happily announce to you the draw of the British Lottery International programs held on the 1st July 2006 in London.The British Government is sponsors this Lottery for the promotion of the Soccer World Cup to be hosted by South Africa.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 994 75605545 721 with Serial number 986/04 drew the lucky numbers: 04/22/09/24/30/41/Bonus 20, which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.You are therefore, been approved to claim a total sum of US$820,000(Eight Hundred and Twenty thousand, United StatesDollars) in cash credited to file RPC/9080118308/04.This is from a total cash prize of US $125 Million dollars, shared amongst the first Fifty (50) lucky winners in this category.
This year Lottery Program Jackpot is the largest ever for British Lottery .The estimated $125 million jackpot would be the sixth-biggest in U.K. history.The biggest was the $363 million jackpot that went to two winners in a May 2000 drawing of The Big Game, Mega Millions' predecessor.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our African booklet representative office in South Africa as indicated in our play coupon. In view of this, your US$820,000(Eight Hundred and Twenty thousand, United StatesDollars) would be released to you by our affiliate bank in South Africa.Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds to you as soon as you make contact with him
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies.
This promotiontakes place annually. 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,and to also enable you participate in our subsequent draws which will see 500 participants travelling on all expence paid trip to South Africa for the Soccer World Cup 2010.
This is a part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements.

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.
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Please be warned.To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent with the below details for processing of your claims.
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: BTL/491OX1/04, Batch No: 12/25/0304,Telephone lines are open between the hours of
7.00am - 7.30pm on Monday through Friday.
Customer Service Unit
Phone: + 27 83-772-6826
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.
At your disposal, we remain.Very Truly Yours,
Ms Rose Ronin
Zonal Coordinator

This communication is confidential to BRITISH LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS and is intended solely for the use of the individual or organization to which it is addressed.It may contain privileged or confidential information. If you have received this message in error, please notify the originator immediately. If you are not the intended recipient, you should not use, copy, alter, or disclose the contents of this message
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