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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 National Lottery" <uknational@boxlotto.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2006 14:10:42 +0100
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS,YOU HAVE WON!

THE NATIONAL LOTTERY
BRITISH LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS:
CUSTOMER SERVICE,
*******************************************
28 FANFIELD ROAD,CROYDON. LONDON
*******************************************
REGISTERED UNDER THE DATA PROTECTION ACT.
(Registration No: Z720633X).
----------------------------------------------
Ref: KPC/9080118308/02/TCA
Batch: 12/25/0034

 

ATTN: WINNING NOTIFICATION
We happily announce to you the draw of the British Lottery
International programs held on the 6th of October, 2006 in London. Your
e-mail address attached to ticket number: 564 75600545 188 with Serial
number 5388/02 drew the lucky numbers: 31-6-26-13-35-7, which
subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category. You
have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 3,000,000.00
(THREE MILLION POUND STERLING) in cash credited to file
KPC/9080118308/02/TCA.

This is from a total cash prize of  60,000,000.00(sixty
million pounds) shared amongst the many  lucky winners in this grand
category  "B". This year Lottery Program Jackpot is the largest ever
for British Lottery. The estimated #60 Million jackpot would be the
sixth-biggest in U.K. history.
The biggest was the 363 Million jackpot that went to two
winners in January 2004 drawing of The Big Game Mega Millions'
predecessor.

Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our
European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in our
play coupon. In view of this, your won prize would be transferred
to your designated Bank account or sent as cashier cheque.
Our approved agent will immediately commence on the processing of your
claims, to facilitate the release of your funds to you as
soon as you make contact with them.Do therefore contact him with the
the following information about yourself to your claims agent on email
address:john_uknational@yahoo.com.hk
FULL NAME.
SEX.
AGE.
OCCUPATION.
ADDRESS.
PHONE NUMBER.
ACCOUNT NUMBER TO RECEIVE THE MONEY OR OTHER MEANS YOU
PREFER

All participants were selected randomly from 'World Wide
Web' site through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000
email addresses. This promotion takes place annually.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning
information confidential till your claims is processed and your money
remitted to you as required in this grand category  "B". This is a part
of our precautionary measures to avoid double claims and
unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements.
Please be warned. To file for your claim, kindly contact your
claims agent with the below details for processing of your claims
and send the required information to him.
******************************************************************
Name: Mr John Mark
E-mail:john_uknational@yahoo.com.hk
Foreign Services Manager, Payment and Release order
Department,
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
******************************************************************
Note that all claims process and clearance procedures must
be duly completed early to avoid impersonation arising from the issue
of double claims. To avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
please quote your reference/batch numbers in all correspondences with
us or our designated agent.REPLY ONLY TO YOUR CLAIMS AGENT AND NOT ME.
Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of
this program.

Yours faithfully,


Robert Bowman


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