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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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Fraud email example:

From: uk national lottery <>
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2007 14:21:31 +0100

The UK National LotteryPO Box 1010LiverpoolL70 1NLUnited Kingdom.Tel/Fax: +44 703 1955 102
Ref: BTL /23789003070/07Batch: 44/675432/01/UKL CONGRATULATION'S WINNING NOTIFICATIONWe happily announce to you the draw (#1177) of THE NATIONAL LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International program held on 30th May to 15th Jun 2007. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 787659005455433 with Serial number 9876/90 drew the lucky winning numbers 01 - 02 - 07 - 11 - 37 - 45 - (Bonus Ball) 14 which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2Nd category for May 2007. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £820,000,00. (Eight Hundred and Twenty Thousand Great Britain Pounds Sterling) in cash credited to file KPC/650803165432/07.This is from a total cash prize of £11,000,000,00 Million Pounds Sterling, shared amongst the One-Hundred and thirty-four (134) lucky winners in this Second category worldwide. The online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over One-Hundred and thirty-four (134) lucky winners. All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through a computer ballot system drawn and extracted from over 10,000,00 companies and personal emails, unions, associations, Charity Organisation's and co-operate bodies that are listed online.This promotion takes place in Essex Liverpool United Kingdom Three times in a year. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our African booklet representative office in South Africa as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your £820, 000.00 (Eight Hundred and Twenty Thousand Great Britain Pounds Sterling Only) would be released to you by our payment office in South Africa. Our Fudiciary agentwill immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him.NOTE: Due to mix up of some numbers and names for security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program, Please be warned !!.Congratulations once again from all the staff here.To collect your prize won, please contact your claims agent that has been assigned for the processing of your claims with the email address below, In order to verify your winnings we need your particulars for record purposes. Attached here is a copy of our verifications form, please fill accordingly so as to proceed with your winnings. Once again congratulations from all the staff. AGENT VERIFICATION AND FUNDS RELEASE FORM:1.FULL NAMES: ______________________________2.ADDRESS: ________________________________3.SEX:____ __
4.AGE:_____ __ __5.MARITAL STATUS: __________________________6.OCCUPATION: _____________________________
7.E-MAIL ADDRESS THAT WON THE PRICE:________ 8.TELEPHONE / FAX NUMBER:________________ _ _9.REF NUMBERS _____________ BATCH NUMBER: ___10.TICKET NUMBER: ___________________________11.SERIAL NUMBER: ________________________ _12.AMOUNT WON: __________________________ __13.CITY:___________________ ZIP CODE:_________14.STATE: ____________________________ __15.COUNTRY OF RESIDENT:___________ ___

16.NATIONALITY:_______ ____17.WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH THE WINNING FUND:_____To file for your claim, please fill and submit your verification form to our claims department immediately via email / call him for advise.Fudiciary agent: Barrister Joseph Malapo.Agent Contact Email: Contact Telephone: +27-838-861-921Once again congratulations...Mrs. Thelma ClifordOnline Co-ordinator The United Kingdom National Lottery Program. Sweepstakes International Program United Kingdom.Copyright (@)1994-2007. The National Lottery Inc.All rights reserved. Terms of Service - Guideline
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