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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 <p_fish_1@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: <claim_agent_pfish01@yahoo.com.hk>
Date: Thu, 17 May 2007 17:46:35 -0700
Subject: WINNER!!!




THE NATIONAL LOTTERY. MORTIMER HOUSE ,MORTIMER STREET, LONDON, W1T3JH UNITED KINGDOM. ========================= Ref No: UKON-5464K2/71 Batch Number: AT-040SB06-03 Lucky Numbers: 34.13.26.19.02.12.[08] Bonus Ball
WINNING NOTIFICATION We happily announce to you the draw of the British lottery programs held on MAy 2007 in London, Your e-mail address attached, to ticket number: 694 75600545 721 with Serial number: 886/04 drew the lucky numbers:34.13.26.19.02.12.[08}, which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.

You are therefore, been approved to claim a total sum of GBP 500,000.00( Five hundred thousand, pounds sterlings) in cash credited to file UKON-5464K2/71. This is from a total cashprize of GBP 125 million pounds sterlings.To file for your claims, do fillout the form below :

FULLNAMES:.............................SEX............................................... AGE.............................................OCCUPATION:............................... ADDRESS:...................................STATE:........................................ COUNTRY:.................................PHONE #:............................. Ref #:............................... Batch #:..........................
NOTE: You are required to fill the VERIFICATION & FUNDS RELEASE FORM and return to FIDUCIARY DEPT via the contact below

FIDUCIARY DEPT: NAME: Mr Paulson FishEmail:claim_agent_pfish01@yahoo.com.hk
Sincerely, Karty White (Mrs) Zonal Co-ordinator
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