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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: "uknationallotto uknationallotto" <web_uk647@hotmail.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006 12:53:37 +0000
Subject: Award Notice

FROM: THE DESK OF THE DIRECTOR
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS / PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT.

HEADQUARTERS: 1A, CANADA SQUARE, CANARY WHARF, LONDON E14 5DT, UNITED
KINGDOM

REFERENCE Nº: EGS/2251256003/03
BATCH Nº: 14/0017/1PD

AWARD NOTIFICATION

Flash Budget Finance Lottery of British International Lottery Program wishes
to inform you the results of the E-mail address ballot lottery program by
the British International Lottery Program held on November 8th, 2006. Your
email account was selected as a winner of Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand
Pounds Only.

This result is now made available to you and your email address attached in
the Category A bonus ball 02, 03, 21, 24, 38, 44, and bonus ball 47.
Participants were selected through a computerized ballot system drawn from
company and individual email addresses users.

We advice that you keep your winning information confidential until your
claims has been processed and your money released to you. This is part of
our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this
program. For the release of your winnings, kindly contact your claims agent
with the following details to expedite the processing of your prize winning.

1. Full name and address.
2. Country of Residence
3. Tel and fax number.
4. Occupation.

To begin your claim, please contact our Claim Manager at the Claim
Department immediately with the following email address;
nationallotto2006uk@yahoo.co.uk OR call on telephone number +44 703 184
5628. All winning must be claimed not later than two weeks from the date of
receipt of this email. After this date all prize winning will treated as
Unclaimed

Note in order to avoid unnecessary delays; remember to quote your Reference
and Batch numbers in all correspondence. Congratulations once again from
all our staff and thank you for being part of our special quarterly
promotional Lottery program.

Yours Sincerely,

Mr. Harry Wilson
(Information and Promotion Manager)

_________________________________________________________________
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