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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: "Dr. Steven Wills" <stevenwills01@she.com> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 01:23:54 +0700
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION FROM ASIAUKNATIONAL .

Date: September 26th, 2006,
REF N0: ZFN/22512567303/06
BATCH NO: 86056490902/204
WINNING NO:ASUK/33/36/45/12/06/LW

FROM: THE DESK OF THE MANAGING DIRECTOR
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRICE AWARD DEPARTMENT.
OF THE UK LOTTERY/INTERNATIONAL

RE: AWARD NOTIFICATION

ATTENTION

The U.K National Lottery/International wishes to inform you of the results of the E-mail address ballot lottery international program by the United Kingdom lotto International promotions held on 29th June, 2006. Your email account has been picked as a winner of NINE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS ONLY ($900,000:00)
We happily announce to you the draw (#1046) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International program held on the 1st July, 2006 in NEWCASTLE UNITED-KINGDOM. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers :( 06, 09, 11, 33, 36,49and bonus ball 29) which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e. match 5 plus bonus.
To file for your claim, contact our claims below with the following information.
Dr. Steven Wills

Email:stevenwills01@she.com

Congratulations from the staff and thank you for being part of email account users for the promotion.

For your information, return a copy of this letter during your reply.

Yours Sincerely,
Dr. Steven Wills
Asia cordinator.
Over 237,000 grants have been awarded from The National Lottery, totalling over £18.5 billion. These have benefitted all sorts of people, from Olympic athletes and charities, to schools and underprivileged groups. Find out here about just some of the people and projects in your area that you have helped, simply by playing lottery games.
CONFIDENTIAL NOTICE: This email message, including any attachments, is
intended only for the use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and prohibited from unauthorized disclosure under applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient of this message, any dissemination distribution or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you received this message in error,please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.

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National Lottery Inc.
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