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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: "" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2007 23:53:28 +0100 (MET)


Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369
UK-LOTTO Headquarters:
The Marina Offices,
St Peters Yacht Basin,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1HX


We happily announce to you the draw (#1150) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,
onlineSweepstakes International program held 30th of December, 2006 in NEWCASTLE, UNITED-KINGDOM.

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:[14] Bonus Ball, which
subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 6. You have therefore
been approved to claim a total sum of £ 850,000.00 (Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand POUNDS) in cash, credited to file ktu/9023118308/03.

This is from a total cash prize of £ 4.7Million pounds, shared amongst the first Four (4) lucky winners in this category.

All participants for this 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 £ 850,000 (Eight hundred and fifty thousand pounds) 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 him. 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 receive 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, contact our fiduciary agent:
Mr.Peter Hanks

Congratulations once again from all members and staff of this program.

Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery programs.

Yours faithfully,
Claire Mccoy(Mrs.)
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program

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