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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: URBAN LOTTERY INTL <mribuna11@yahoo.it>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2006 15:31:59 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: CONGRATULATION CONTACT YOUR CLAIM AGENT NOW !!!!

CONGRATULATION CONTACT YOUR CLAIM AGENT NOW !!!!
FROM THE DESK OF
BARRISTER USMAN ALI,
VICE PRESIDENT.
URBAN LOTTOINTERNATIONAL

PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD.
BATCH: EGS/22504002/06:
REFERENCE: 15/0018/IPDRE:
AWARD NOTIFICATION.

This is to inform you of the release of THE UBAN LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
PROMOTIONS PRIZE DRAW, held on the 5th of JANUARY 2006, but owing
tosome mix up of numbers and addresses and the holidays, the results were released on the 3RD MARCH,2006.

Your name was attached toticket number (085-12876077-09) with serial
number51390-0 that drewthe luckynumbers of(03-05-12-14-28-38,0) which
consequently won thelottery in the 5th category. You have therefore
been approved for a lump sum pay of $1M USD (ONE MILLION DOLLARS ONLY), in cash credited to file with REF.EGS/3662367114/13).This is from a total cash prize of $70,020.225.00,shared among the (25) twenty-five international winners in this category. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Your fund is now deposited with Union Bank Nigeria Plc and insured in
your name. Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep
this award from public notice until your claim has been processed, and the
money remitted to your account, as this is part of our security protocol, to
avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking of advantage of this program by
participants,as has happened in the past.

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn
from 5,000 names, email addresses & officialaddresses, from
Asia,Australia,NewZealand,Europe,North and South America, Middle East
and Africa, as part of our International Promotions Program.
We hope your lucky name will draw a bigger cash prize in the subsequent
programs. To begin your lottery claims, please contact your Claims
Agent/payingBank,

NAME: MRS ANGELA BELO,
POSITION: OPERATION MANAGER,
(UNION BANK OF NIGERIA PLC)
EMAIL: dept_ubn2@yahoo.com
OR
CALL DIRECTOR UNION BANK NIGERIA PLC "DR MILTON UGOBOKU"
WITH THIS TELEPHONE NUMBER : +2348022358931.

WRITE/CALL THEM IMMEDIATELY WITH THE ABOVE EMAIL ADDRESS/TELEPHONE NUMBER and Remember, all prize money must be claim not later than 2nd November, 2006.

Any claim not made by this date will bereturned to the DEPARTMENT OF
THE TREASURY.Also be informed that 10% ofyour lottery winning belongs to
(the PROMOTIONS COMPANY). Because theyare the company that bought your ticket and played the lottery in yourname. Note also that this 10% will be
remitted after you have received your winnings prize, because the money is
insured in your name already.

Furthermore, should there be any change of address, please do inform
your Claim Agent as soon as possible. All the necessary documents will be
send to you by your Claim Agent, MRS ANGELA BELO. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!Once again from all members of our
staff and thank you for being a part of our International Promotions program.
We wish you continued goodfortunes.

BARRISTER USMAN ALI
(URBAN LOTTERYINTERNATIONAL)
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