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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: "FROM:UK HERITAGE LOTTERY BOARD" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2006 13:11:59 +0100
Subject: Re:Winning Notification(Congratulations)


Dear Winner,
YOU WON:£850,000.00!

With utmost joy, we are pleased to inform you of the result of our UK HeriatgeLottery International promotions held on the 30th of August 2006 which draw cash Prize of ?850,000.00. Your e-mail address attached to Code number 370011672387-290-02 with claim Number 12093782/42 drew these lucky numbers 894-4563-001-764-64-2911, which consequently won in the 1st category. You have been approved to receive a cash prize of ?850,000.00 (Eight Hundred & Fifty Thousand Pounds).

Be advised that due to incessant mix up in cash prize transfer to previous winners, we advise that you Keep your winning information confidential until your claims is been processed and your funds (?850,000.00 Pounds) Transferred to you. This security measure is important; its protocol meant to avoid double claims, transfer and unwarranted abuse of this program by other participants.

Participants were selected anonymously through a private ballot system (computer ballot) from over 35,000 Companies and 70,000 individual e-mail addresses all over the world. At the final draw your e-mail address Emerged as the winner of our last jackpot.This is promotional program takes place bi-annually, and it is promoted and sponsored by Orient software Corporation UK(Orient Networks). It is met to reward individuals and corporations world wide who have devoted Their time and resources surfing the world wide web (www) with their email addresses.

Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 10 working days from the day of receipt of this winning notification. After the expiration of that time frame, if your funds are unclaimed, it will be returned back to the treasury of UK Heriatge Trust board and included in our next draws.We hope you will use part of your cash prize to participate in our next £6million draws in December 2006.

Note:in order to avoid unnecessary delays/complications with the transfer of your funds to you, please Always remember to quote your Code number in all correspondence with our lottery cordinator (Mr Vincent Martin ). Furthermore, should there be any change of your present address, please notify us Immediately so to make the appropriate adjustment.
Congratulations from the management and staffs of UK Heritage Lottery Board.
Kindly, immediately, contact our Lottery Cordinator (Mr Vincent Martin)with the below email address:

For your award processing/award remittance advice.
Send the following e-mail:
I....................................(your names)...................., with e-mail address...........(your e-mail address)....................,Contact Telephone no .............................
contact address...................(postal address).............and code number:...............(quote your code number) the winner of the last UK Heritage Lottery draws,with a cash prize of £850,000.00 Pounds. Kindly advise me with details of the process of the transfer of my cash prize within the next 10-working days.

For processing of your winning fund, contact our lottery cordinator
Mr Vincent Martin ( Lottery Cordinator)
UK Heritage Lottery Promotions

Congratulation once again on behalf of UK Heritage Lottery Promotion .

Yours in services,
Mr Vincent Martin(Lottery Coordinator)

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