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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: "jannifer dave" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2006 03:57:29 +0100

                                                                   THE OAKROOM LOUNGE.                            
                                                                                                PICCADILLY LONDON. W1B 0BH.     
The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
(Customer Services)

Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/06/ZY369


We happily announce to you the draw (#1001) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,
online Sweepstakes International program held on  20th March2006 and was officially announce 22th March 2006.

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 10-12-13-17-31-37(bonus ball no.44), which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 6.You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 1,440,772(One
million,four hundred and fourty thousand,seven hundred and seventy two pounds sterlings) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.

This is from a  total cash prize of 2,881,544 shared amongst the first two (2)jackpot lucky winners in this category i.e 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 corporate bodies that are listed online which are America,Africa, Asia, Australia,Europe, Middle East, and Oceania.

This promotion takes place weekly.Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our AFRICAN booklet representative office in SOUTH AFRICA as indicated in your play coupon.In view of this,You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum  of 1,440,772(One million,four hundred and fourty thousand,seven hundred and seventy two pounds sterlings)would be
released to you by  of our payment offices in AFRICA.

Our AFRICAN agents will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact them.For security reasons,
you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims 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 and unwarranted abuse of this program.Please be warned.To file for your claim, please contact our FIDUCIARY agent:

Mr.Smith Hamilton



Yours faithfully,

Mrs,Jennifer Dave.

Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
   You must be 16 or over to play or claim a 
Copyright 1994-2006 The United Kindgom National Lottery Inc.
All rights reserved. Terms of Service - Guideline
Dr. P. Swier (CEO), Mr. Gerald Markson  (Manager Foreign Operations), Mr. Franklyn Van Der Weijden (Manager Domestic Banking Operations), Dr. James Williams (Director International Credit Department), Mrs. Lonni K Anderson (Legal Representative), Mrs. Lyudmyla Marchukova(Regional Manager), Mr. Stephen Boer (Chairman), Mr. Chris Moritz(International Relation Officer).

                    Congratulations from the Staff & Members of the 
                       National Lottery Board Commission
     Abraham, Vicki               Savery, Aldwin                  
Mrs Jennifer Dave                Mr Smith Hamilton                    Mr. John  Cole        
(Online Co-ordinator Sec.)    (U.K Claim Agent)                  (Zonal Co-ordinator)  
    You must be 16 or over to play or claim a prize
                   Copyright ? 1994-2006 The  National U.K Lottery   Inc.
                      All rights reserved.Terms of Service - Guideline

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