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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: Terry Waters <>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2007 21:51:00 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Contact Paying Bank.

Dear Winner,

congratulations from all the staff here in the U.K online lottery department, you have been granted clearification as a winner of the (2088) plus 5+ bonus category.

Your e-mail address was attached to ticket number: 8390281 with Serial number 3422/06 drew the lucky numbers:3-11-13-18-26-31, which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 5 plus bonus. All participants for the online version of the national lottery,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

To proceed with your claims, you must immediately contact Mr Jim Applegate of our affiliatted transferring bank(London Trust Bank Plc). So that arrangements can be made for your prize money to be coveyed to you.This makes the claims process much easier, since a good majority of our overseas winners can't come in person to the lottery headquaters here in England,to collect their winning documents and get paid directly. Do endevour to contact him via email,with the following details:

(1).Your full name
(2).Your address, phone number and country.
(3.)Your order number,which is:(SU65725UK)

After you have sent the above information, you will be provided with options for the remittance of your prize money.

Contact details:

96 Porters close ,Greys
Essex, London
RM20 4AS
TEL: +44-701-112-7476
Email: or

Congratulations once again,

Terry Waters(Mr).

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