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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 19:48:58 -0400
Subject: Dear Lucky Winner / Ref:UK/919347/749-0

P O Box 1010Liverpool, L70 1NLUNITED KINGDOM
(Customer Services) LotteryDate: 23rd June, 2007


Dear Lucky Winner,
Congratulations, We happily announce to you today that the draw (#7-28-87-65-69-73) of The National On-line Lottery, On-line Seepstakes International programme held on the Date: 23rd June, 2007. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: G276017-487 with Serialnumber 493-678 drew the lucky numbers:

The Bonus Ball [02] which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 3 plus bonus. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of $100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) credited to file nos KTU/9023118308/03. This is from a total cash prize of $1,000,000.00 ( One Million United States Dollars) shared amongst the Ten (10) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 4 plus bonus.

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 company email addresses and 30,000,000 individual email addresses like yours from Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe, North America and Asia and also Africa, World Wide. This lottery programme is a way of raising money for a organization, lessprivilede ones and is so organized to encourage the use of the Internet and promote computer literacy Worldwide,the promotion takes place yearly.

Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our U-K booklet representative office in London as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, Your US$100,000 $100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Dollars) would be released to you by any of our payment offices here in London. Our London Legal Claims Agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your winning prize as soon as you contact him. So contact the personnel Legal Claims Agent on the email or telephone numbers stated below.

Mr Fidelix Benson. Legal Claims Agent,
The National On-line Lottery, Westham City England.

Tele: +44 701 113 5797 or +44 701 115 0955

So fill your Contact Details and you Winning Prize numbers Stated Below , Address it to the Personnel Claims Agent for claiming your winning lottery prize award.
Beneficiary’s name:

Contact address:
Marital status:
Next of kin:
Tele No:
Fax numbers:
Beneficiary’s email:
Batch:3566465021-OTA/07 Lukcy No: 4 5 24 2Ticket No:G276017-487Serial NoNO:493-678
Amount Won: $100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)
Lottery Date: 23rd June, 2007

Further, In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your Winning Prize Information in every correspondence. For your information, we ask that you keep this golden opportunity a top secret from the public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted into your bank account as this is part of the security protocols to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of this programs by participants.
Past Few winners:

Lottery Awards Sponsored by:
The National U-k Lottery Organization:

Yours faithfully, Mrs Rose Mary, On-line Coordinator
The National On-line Lottery,
Sweepstakes International Program.

Security Advice: At The National Lottery we understand the importance of security. That's why we've created highly secure facilities to give you confidence, Warning: Fraudulent emails are circulating but If you receive similar email that is not from us, please kindly disregard/discard it immediately or kindly notify our Legal Claims Agent immediately he will give you more information about current scams and what measures you can take to protect yourself from them.

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