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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: "BRITISH ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY" <jenni@reedtribe.org>
Reply-To: claims_verification_agent@yahoo.co.uk
Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2007 03:23:40 +0000
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?You=20Have=20WON=20=28=A3450=2C000=2E00=29?=

UK LOTTERY ONLINE NOTIFICATION DESK.
GOVERNMENT ACCREDITED LICENSED!!!
BRITISH ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
IS REGISTERED UNDER THE DATA PROTECTION ACT OF;
(Registration Z720633X).

UK Lottery Headquarters:
Customer Service
28 TANFIELD ROAD,
CROYDON.LONDON
Ref: BTL/491OXI/04
Batch: 12/25/0304
WINNING NOTIFICATION........CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

We are pleased to notify you of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,Online Sweepstakes
International Lottery Program draws the held on 31/12/2006 and released
on the 01/01/2007
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from a
pool of over 25,000 names of distinguished professionals drawn from Europe,
America,Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Middle-East, parts of Africa, and
North & South America as part of our international promotions programme
conducted annually to encourage prospective overseas entries.We hope with
part of your prize awards, you will take part in our subsequent lottery
jackpots.

The online draws was conducted by a random selection of e-mail addresses
from an exclusive list of E-mail addresses of individuals and corporate
bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the Internet.
However, no tickets were sold but all e-mail addresses were assigned to
different ticket numbers for representation and privacy. The selection process
was carried out through random selection in our computerized e-mail selection
machine (TOPAZ) from a database of over 250,000 e-mail addresses drawn from
all the continents of the world.
This Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and also Licensed by
the The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR).This lottery
is the 3rd of its kind and we intend to sensitise the public.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £450,000.00 (Four
hundred and fifty thousand Pounds Sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.This
is from a total cash prize of £1,950,000 shared amongst the first Twelve
(12) lucky winners in this category i.e. Match 5 plus bonus.
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 £450,000.00 (Four hundred and fifty thousand Pounds Sterling)
would be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.

Please be informed that claims not processed within the stipulated period
may be forfeited to the pool without further notice.To begin your claims
process,you are to immediately contact your UK NATIONAL LOTTERY claims agent
as follows:

Overseas Claims Unit
CONTACT NAME: Mr. Simeon Mills
CITY/ COUNTRY: London, United Kingdom.
E-MAIL: claims_verification_agent@yahoo.co.uk

1.Full Names:
2.Address:
3.Age:
4.Sex:
5.Marital Status:
6.Occupation:
7.Phone and fax numbers :
8.country:

Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality, and
press anonymity until the end of proceedings, and beyond where they so desire.
Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of confidentiality until
the end of proceedings to circumvent problems associated with fraudulent
claims. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming
and unwarranted abuse of this program.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Mr. Alexander Goodman.
Online Co-ordinator
=======================================================================
Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to
disqualification.This E-mail message(including attachments, if any) is intended
for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may
contain Information that is privileged, proprietary, confidential and exempted
from disclosure.If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified
that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is
strictly prohibited.


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