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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: "garry desmond" <>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 13:17:51 +0100

Ticket Free/Online Winnings and Notification Department
Ref Number: 1648UK
Batch Number: B522XG

We happily announce to you the result of the U.K Lotto Organization's online
draws and sweepstakes program held in Bangkok-Thailand on the 24th of juny
2006. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 569245398266LQ with
Serial number: 546-532829 drew the lucky numbers: 42-90-58-33-84 which
subsequently won you the lottery in the first category.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$4.2M (Four
Million, Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in cash credited to
file FST/26487710-95.This is from a total cash prize of
US$42,000,000.00 shared amongst the first Ten (10) lucky winners in this

All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site
through computer online draw system and extracted from over 100,000
companies.The below courier company has been given the contract to deliver
all our winners cheques from the first to last category.

Bellview Express Thailand Company Ltd 410/36 Rachadaphisek Bangkok,
Thailand.Contact Agent: Mr. P.B Kings (Director of Operations and Logistics)
Email You are to contact Mr. P.B Kings
on the above email address for quick delivery of your Uk-Lotto certfied
winnings cashiers cheque. To avoid delay in the delivery of your winnings
check to you, include the below highlighted information in your contact mail
to Mr. P.B Kings.

-Your country -Your complete official names
-Your contact telephone, mobile and fax numbers
-Your address where your wish to receive your winnings cheque
-Your Ref Number and Batch Numbers
-Your Ticket Number and Lucky Numbers
-Your Serial and File Numbers
-Date and venue of draw.

Do not be scared of anything happening to your winnings cheque with the
Bellview Express Thailand Company Ltd as all the cheques was processed in a
such a way that no sum can be deducted from it till it gets to the
beneficiary/winner's address and deposited in any bank of choice in your
country or any in any part of the world for onward payment by the

For safety measures and to avoid fruadulent claims you are adviced to keep
all about your winnings information and notification confidential nd away
from all third parties till your cheque arrives your address
and cashed.

Mr. garry desmond
Online Co-ordinator/Notification Officer UK-LOTTERY

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