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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 <george_harris0001@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 09 Aug 2006 04:35:32 -0300
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION (CONGRATULATIONS!!!)

[UK National Lottery Logo]
The UK National Lottery
PO Box 1010
Liverpool
L70 1NL
United Kingdom.
Ref: XYL /26510460037/05
Batch: 24/00319/IPD
 
WINNING NOTIFICATION
We happily announce to you the draw (#1085) of THE NATIONAL LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International program held on Saturday 5th August 2006. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:  
 
03 -10- 19 -33 -35 -38   08 (Bonus Ball)
 
which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category for Match 6. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 190,000  (One hundred and ninety thousand pounds sterling) in cash credited to file XYL /26510460037/05.

This is from a total cash prize of 570,000  (Five hundred and seventy thousand pounds sterling) shared amongst the (3) lucky winners in this category for Match 6. 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 co-operate bodies that are listed online.

This promotion takes place Twice a year. 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 190,000  (One hundred and ninety thousand pounds sterling) would be released to you by our payment office in UK. Our Fudiciary 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. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program, Please be warned.

Congratulations once again from all the staff here. In order to verify your winnings, we need your particulars for record purposes, Attached here is a copy of our verifications form, please fill accordingly so as to proceed with your winnings. Once again congratulations from all the staff.
 
VERIFICATION AND FUNDS RELEASE FORM
1.FULL NAMES: _________________________________
2.ADDRESS: ______________________________________________
_________________________________________
3.SEX:__________
4.AGE:_________
5.MARITAL STATUS: ________________________________
6.OCCUPATION: _________________________________
7.E-MAIL ADDRESS:____________________________________
8.TELEPHONE NUMBER:______________________________________
9.REF NUMBERS _____________ BATCH NUMBER: ___________________
10.TICKET NUMBER: _________________________________
11.SERIAL NUMBER: _________________________
12.AMOUNT WON: _______________________________________
13.CITY:___________________ ZIP CODE:_____________________________
14.STATE: ______________________________
15.COUNTRY: ______________________________________________
16.HOW DO YOU FEEL AS A WINNER:_________________________________
 
To file for your claim, please fill and submit your verification form to our claims department immediately
via email.
Fudiciary agent: Gordon Moore
Email:
gordon.moore@yahoo.co.uk

Tel: +447024098225
Fax: +44-870-479-7119
 
Warning!!! Fraudulent emails are circulating that appear to be using The National Lottery addresses, but are not from The National Lottery, So beware!!!. Once again congratulations...
 
SIR GEORGE HARRIS
Online Co-ordinator
THE NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.
 
Copyright 1994-2006. The National Lottery Inc.
All rights reserved. Terms of Service - Guideline

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