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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: jane anderson <>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 21:21:27 -0600

We happily announce to you that UK 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 sought out from a total number of 1,000,000 email addresses draw from all over the globe (Europe, North and South America, Middle East and Africa). After an automated computer ballot of our International Promotions 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 emerged as one of the lucky winners in theabove category. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Reference number for your prize is: Ref.No.-RNL/051/652659968/UKTicket No.-RNL87868UK
For your prize claim process, we have employed the service of an lnternational Trust firm. They are to handle the transfer of your cash prize of EU1,500,000.00(ONE MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO ONLY) in line with our procedures and upon your directions. Your prize has been insured to its full value with your email address and will be transferred to you under their professional service.To immediately file your claim, please contact our Fudiciary agent Fortis Finance & Securities Company, below are the contact information of theirFINANCIAL DIRECTOR;
MR. MARK DARRENFinance Director,Fortis Finance & Securities CompanyUnited KingdomEmail: fortis_finance4@hotmail.comPhone:+44-704-573-1600Fax: +44-700-580-2861
In your best interest, you must initiate contact within 5 days of receipt of this correspondence, Fortis Finance & Securities Company are to handle all matters with regards to claiming of your prize money. You are also advised to send a copy of this email to your claims agent MR. MARK DARREN, when contacting him. You may be required to provide any of the above information during the process of collecting your prize. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims file is processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double/multiple claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program,Please be warned!!!
We congratulate you once again and it is our hope that you participate in any of our international programs in the nearest future and we will appreciate your assistance in helping us maintain the integrity of the entire UK Royal National Lottery. Thank you and CONGRATULATIONS!!!.
Sincerely,Ms. Jane AndersonPromotions Manager,Royal National Lottery,United Kingdom
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