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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: "Chris Walker" <chriswalker.0@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: catth_wales00@yahoo.co.uk
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 21:00:34 -0500
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!!

 
OVERSEAS/EUROAFROASIA   
 SWEEPSSTAKESLOTTERY2006
                                              
                    
                                       BRITISH INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION
 
 
                                                     
28 TANFIELD ROAD
CROYDON.LONDON
Ref: BTL/101OXI/02 
Batch: 16/211/0374                                                                             23rd September
2006
                                                   
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
 
ATTENTION :
 
                           BTL NOTIFICATION DESK
We happily announce to you the draw (#2006/1122) of the BRITISH INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY, online SweepstakesInternational program held on the 23rd September 2006 Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with  Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:6 26 28 35 42 43 38
Note:You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of
₤ 1,250,000.00(One Million,Two Hundred and FiftyThousand Pounds sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.
This is from a total cashprize of 7,500,000.00 shared amongst the first six (6) lucky winners in this category 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 bianually.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our British booklet representative office in UK as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your ₤ 1,250,000.00(One Million,Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Pounds sterling) would be released to you by any of our fiduciary agent department. Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him/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. Please be warned !!!
To file for your claim,please contact our claims agent:
 
Mrs Catherine Wales
Mobile Tel:+447024027047 (24Hours)
Office Tel:+447024027091 ( 6.00am - 6.00pm GMT )
Goodluck from me and members of staff of the BRITISH INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY.
Sincerely,
Mr Chris Walker.
Zonal Coordinator
Warning!!!: Fraudulent emails are circulating that appear to be using British National Lottery addresses, but are not from The British Lottery.
PLEASE REPORT IMMEDIATELY TO :
CUSTOMER CARE/COMPLAINTS DEPT: british_onlinelottery_promo00@yahoo.co.uk
 
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. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
LAST WINNERS ON BRITISH NATIONAL LOTTERY ONLINE GAME.
 


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