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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: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 13:19:29 +0200

(The National Lottery)
/P O Box 287 WATFORD, /
/(Customer Services) //** []**/FROM: UNITED KINGDOM NATIONAL LOTTERY. /**/
*Dear Lucky Winner, *
*We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws of UNITED KINGDOM NATIONAL LOTTERY international Lottery programmes. The online cyber lotto draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 100 e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the Internet, no tickets were sold. After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as one of two winners in the category "A" with the following winning information: */*
*/REF No: UKNL-L/200-26937 /**/
*BATCH No: 2006MJL-01 *
*TICKET No: 20511465463-7644 *
*SERIAL No: S/N-00168 *
*LUCKY No*/*/:/*/ /**8 - 15 - 17 - 40 - 43 - 48 - **21*
You as well as the other winner are therefore to receive a cash prize of ?50,000.000 Pounds ( seven hundred and fifty thousand pounds only) each from the total payout.
Your prize award has been insured with your e-mail address and will be transferred to you upon meeting our requirements, statutory obligations, verifications, validations and satisfactory report. To begin the claims processing of your prize winnings you are advised to contact our licensed and accredited claims agent for category "A" winners with the information below:
To file your claim, please contact the processing agent;
Mr Steven Moore
Email: [] */NOTE []/**/: You are also required to indicate what means you would prefer your winning remitted to you, either: /**/
/1. Your winner cheque couriered to you /
/2. You receive your winning by telegraphic transfer from our associate bank to your bank account./
/Remember to quote your reference information in all correspondence. You are to keep all lotto information away from the general public especially your reference and ticket numbers. (This is important as a case of double claims will not be entertained). Anybody under the age of 16 and members of the affiliate agencies are automatically not allowed to participate in this programme. /
/Please note; /
/You are hereby advice to send us the following; /
/1. Your full name and address /
/2. Your personal phone and fax number, and /
/3. Your winning numbers. /
/4. Your Occupation and Age/
/5. Your Nationality and Country/
/6. Amount won//**/7. Date received/*Reply to this confidential email
*Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional programme. **
*Sincerely, *
*Ms. Susan Anderson.*
*NOTE: You are to contact your claims officer immediately.***TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE,**
*Simply contact our claims agent, ***Mr Steven Moore**Email;* [;]* to file your claim .* *Please quote your reference, batch and winning number which can be found on the top left corner of this**
*notification as well as your full name, address and telephone number as to help us locate your file easily.**
*For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information confidential from the public until your claim**
*is processed and your prize released to you.**
*This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and taking advantage of this programme by non-participant or unofficial personnel.**Congratulations, once more from the entire Management and Staff of **UKNATIONAL LOTTERY** Cooperation to all our lucky winners this year. Thank you for being part of this promotional lottery programme. * *Kind Regards,**
*Interactive Customer Care**
*Please do not reply to this email as this is an automated email account and replies cannot be monitored,**please contact our claims agent.*

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