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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: tagged claims dept <claims_dept_42@hotmail.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 10:53:15 +0000
Subject: Confirm delivery



THE RIDGE WAY UNITED KINGDOMFROM:TAGGED MEMBERS AWARD DEPT.REF: SUN/2010-968091/03BA­TCH: 54/010/IPDDATE: 26/06/2007

RE: EMAIL WINNING CONFIRMATION NOTICE.

We are glad to inform you that your E-mail address appears as the confirmed Winner of our last TAGGED email lottery program held on the 15 OF JUNE 2007.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 20675543256-786 with Serial number 3765-75 drew lucky numbers 7-12-18-24-32-45, which Consequently won in the 2nd category, you have therefore been approved For a lump sum payment of £1,000,000.00. One Million Pounds Sterling (GBP).CONGRATULATIONS!!!

This promotional program takes place every year. All participants were selected through a computer ball system drawn from over 100,000 companies and 50,000,000 individual TAGGED MEMBERS and names from all over the world. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence. We ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims have been processed and your money remitted to you. All claims are nullified after 20 working days from today.After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake. To file for your claim or for further details, please contact our Claims Agent DR. DAVID WEST at tagged_2000@yahoo.co.uk Tel:+44 703 183 5753.In respect of our commitments towards helping the less privileged, we ask that you voluntarily contribute 1% of your TAGGED winnings to any charity organization you desire at your convenience. Congratulations once more from our members of staff.Mrs. Anita O'SullivanGlobal Winning coordinator.+44 702-409-8841
NOTE: ALL CALLS MUST BE BETWEEN 8:00AM TO 4:00PM(OFFICE HOURS ONLY)
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. Any lottery double claim detected by our monitoring committee will lead to the Spanish Universal Promo lottery canceling the winnings, making a loss for both the real winner, and the fake(intended) claimer.
WARNING!!!YOU MUST BE 16 OR OVER TO PLAY OR CLAIM A PRIZE.ANY MAIL RECIEVED OF THIS SUCH WITH ANY KIND OF TRADE MARK OR ADDRESS SHOULD BE FORWARD TO THIS BOX IMMEDIATELY THIS WILL HELP US TO FIGHT SCAM AND LOTTERY IMPOSTERS .THANK YOU FOR YOUR ANTICIPATED CO-OPERATION.

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