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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: alele efe <efealele@yahoo.com>
Reply-To: smith15_nellsin@yahoo.co.za
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2006 02:49:53 -0800 (PST)
Subject: CONGRATULATION


The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
UNITED KINGDOM
(Customer Services)
Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369
WINNING NOTIFICATION:
We happily announce to you the draw (#942) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,
online Sweepstakes International program held on 11th of november,
2006. It
is yet to be claimed and you are getting the final NOTIFICATION as
regards this.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:56475600545 188 with
Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:4-6-9-12-15-40 (bonus
no.25), which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e
match 5 plus bonus.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £3,987,470
(Three million nine hundred and eighty seven thousand,four hundred and
seventy pounds sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.
This is from a total cash prize of £15,949,880 shared amongst
the(4)lucky winners in this category i.e Match 5 plus bonus.All
participants for
the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites
through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions,
associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online. This
promotion takes place weekly.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European
booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play
coupon.
In view of this, your £3,987,470 (Three million nine hundred and
eighty
seven thousand,four hundred and seventy pounds sterling)will be
released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.
Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate
the release of your funds as soon as you contact her.For security
reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential
till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever
manner you deem fit to claim your prize.
This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:smith
(Mr)
Official Email:smith15_nellsin@yahoo.co.uk
Endeavour to email them your full names,winning numbers,email
address,telephone and fax numbers immediately.
Congratulations from me and members of staff of THE NATIONAL LOTTERY.
Yours faithfully,
Rose Wood (Mrs)
Online coordinator for THE NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.
Important Notice: Your Email address and winning information were
provided by INTERNET AND EMAIL CENSORS ASSOCIATION The United Kingdom
Lottery accepts no blame for any unwarranted use of email addresses,
therefore all blames, complains should be directed to the INTERNET AND
EMAIL CENSORS ASSOCIATION.




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