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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: Angela Brookes <angbrookes9@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 19:00:47 -0700
Subject: WINNING NOTICE FOR SILVER STAKE WINNER - Ref. No.-
RNL/051/652659966/UK.



FROM:PROMOTIONS DEPARTMENT OF THE ROYAL NATIONAL LOTTERY,WINNING NOTICE FOR SILVER STAKE WINNER - Ref. No.- RNL/051/652659966/UK.
Attention:
The Royal National Lottery has just concluded its final draws of it's periodical promotional program.
An exclusive list of email addresses of thousands of individual and corporate bodies were picked by automated random computer search from the internet.
No tickets were sold.
Your email address emerged as one of seven winners in the silver stakes category as email addresses were soughted,from a total number of 25,000 addresses drawn from all over the globe.
After an automated computer ballot of our Royal National Lottery Program,only SEVEN winners emerged in this category and therefore each are to receive payouts of EU1,500,000.00 (ONE MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO ONLY) from the total of EU10,500,000.00 (TEN MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO).
However,every email address selected was accompanied by a reference and ticket number,after the cyber lotto selection,the below ticket and reference numbers emereged as one of the lucky winners in the above category.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Reference number for your prize is:Ref. No.- RNL/051/652659966/UK, Ticket No.- RNL87866UK.
For confirmation of the claim of your prize money, you are to send an email to our customer service representative with informations below for further instructions on how you can claim your prize:
Mr Scott Hales Customer Service Representative Royal National Lottery UK, email:mr.scotthales@hotmail.com contact: +447045712276
You may be required to provide any of the above information during the process of collecting your prize.
We congratulate you once again and it is our hope that you participate in any of our international programs in the nearest future.
Thank you and CONGRATULATIONS!!!.
Sincerely, Angela BrookesPromotions Manager Royal National Lottery
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