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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: Jerry Coleman <>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2006 20:56:01 +0100 (BST)

Batch: 12/25/0034

This is to inform you that your email address has won the british lottery which was held on 20th Day of October, 2006. your email with serial number 5388/02 and ticket number 564 75600545 188 hit the jackpot .

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds, ) in cash credited to file KPC/9080118308/02/SHYN. This is from a total cash prize of £10 Million pounds shared among the first Twenty(20) lucky winners in this category.

This results is now released to you on the,24th,October,2006. and your email address attached to Ticket No:0431505 with the Lucky No:01,02,18,25,34,45,31. which won the lottery in the A Category. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from Microsoft users from company and individual email addresses users.
Be advice to keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program,For the release of your winning,kindly contact your claim agent in charge of your fund.

Mr. Jerry Coleman

you are to quote your lucky number for confirmation on your winning.

All winning must be claimed not later than 24th Novenber , 2006. After this date all unclaimed funds will be retured. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference number in all correspondence.

Yours faithfully,
Mrs.Julie Van-hans
Lottery Coordinator.

This Lottery Company is in no way affiliated with, associated with or approved or endorsed by Camelot Group plc or The National Lottery Commission.

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