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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: "uk lottery desk" <brainhuntlottry2006@hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 18:58:35 -0600
Subject: ATTENTION;WINNING NOTIFICATION

BRITISH LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS.
THE OAKROOM LOUNGE.           
24 Hanway Street London W1T 1UH .
                                               
 

         The National Lottery Logo

FROM: THE DESK OF THE MANAGEMENT
BRITISH LOTTERY LONDON, UK.
PRICE AWARD DEPARTMENT.
REF N�: EGS/2251256003/05
BATCH N�:14/0017/1PD 
                                                        
                                                WINNING NOTIFICATION
 
CONGRATULATIONS!
We the Board and Management of British Lottery London, uk  wishes to inform you the results of the E-mail address ballot lottery international program  held on 28th day of August , 2006. Your email account have been picked as a winner of 250,000.00 (TWO HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND  POUNDS) .

This results is today released to you and your email address attached  in the A Category. All email addresses were selected through a computer ballot system in which your email address was selected as one of the lucky winners.
Your lucky numbers are:  Ball number 11Ball number 13Ball number 26Ball  number  34Ball number 44Ball number 48 and bonus ball number: Bonus        Ball   number 2

ONCE AGAIN CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you 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 by some participants.
                               
 
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies. This promotion takes place biannually.
 
To file for your claim/winning, please contact our UK Department (Mr Woodgate Scott(UK) 
 woodgate_scott_lott2006@yahoo.co.uk   for processing and payment of your claims/winning. Quote your reference/batch numbers in your correspondence with us and you are advised to not to expose your numbers to avoid double clamming or voiding of your winning. 
 
                      
  
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications  quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence. Should there be any change of addresses do inform our agent as soon as possible. Furthermore your winning numbers fall within our UK region. ANYONE BELOW EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE IS HEREBY DISQUALIFIED. 

Sincerely Yours
MR BRIAN HUNT.
International Relation Officer.
  The National Lottery Logo


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