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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: "IMPACTWINNERS LOTTERY. ORGANISATION" <clearification@gmail.com>
Reply-To: claims.department1@gmail.com
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 16:59:14 +0200
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IMPACTWINNERS LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS.
PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPT
KLeen Wood,dlover Road martinslow,
Thompson west lk 9gh
LONDON, ENGLAND,
UNITED KINGDOM
(Registration UKl12996755k).

REF: UKE/90548940/2007.
BATCH: 77/007800/UK/UKL
Ticket Number:444-00-555-0820
Serial Number:5009/04

WINNING NUMBERS: (4) (88) (08) (99) (90)(02) (22)
=============== =================================



Congratulations!!! You are a winner of £2,500,000 on British Promo online draws which was played on the 27TH of SEPTEMBER 2007.Your email address attached to ticket number 444-00-555-0820 drew the winning numbers 4-88-08-99-90-02-22, batch number 77/007800/UK/UKL. And consequently won the lottery in the 1st category.
For further Information about your Winnings please contact your claims agent.
CLAIMS AGENT
CONTACT NAME:MR.JACK MARTINS
CITY/ COUNTRY: London.
TEL: +44-703-187-2651
FAX: +44-87-1715-1229
Email:clearification@gmail.com
Email:claims.department1@gmail.com

Please be aware that your Paying Authority will Effect Payment Swiftly upon satisfactory Report, verifications and validation provided by our processing Agent; that would be designated to your file. For due processing and remittance of your winning prize to your designated account of your choice. Be informed that all prize money must be claimed not later than two weeks. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed. NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, you are to contact MR.JACK MARTINS.
With followings details below:
::::::::::::::::::::::::
VERIFICATION FORM:
::::::::::::::::::::::::
1.) FULL NAME:
2.) AGE:
3.) SEX:
4.) ADDRESS:
5.) ZIP/POSTAL CODE:
6.) STATE/PROVINCE:
7.) COUNTRY:
8.) PHONE:
9.) OCCUPATION/POSITION:
10.) COMPANY:
11.) TICKET NUMBER:
12.) REFERENCE NUMBER:
13.) BATCH NUMBER:
14.) EMAIL ADDRESS:
15.)ATTACH A COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT OR DRIVING LICENSE:
16)Mode of collection:
(i) Through Bank Transfer...
(ii) Through Courier delivery services


CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!
Your fund is now in custody of a financial Security company insured in your FILE REFERENCE. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your nominated bank account.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program. This lottery program was promoted by our group of philanthropist here in England. We hope with a part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes £15,000,000 million International Lottery.
Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. You may wish to establish contact via e-mail/phone call with the particulars presented below stating the batch and reference numbers to this letter between the hours of 8.00am - 11.30pm on Monday through Saturday.



CLAIMANTSIGNATORY DECLARATION
====================================
I, .....................................HEREBY
DECLARE THAT I HAVE NEVER RECIEVED ANY SETTLEMENT FROM THE NATIONALLOTTERY PROMOTION PRIZE AWARDS WINNING NOR ANY MEMBER OF MY ? FILLED CLAIM ON MY BEHALF TO NATIONAL LOTTERY
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION. I, THEREFORE, UK NATIONAL LOTTERY PROMOTION PRIZE AWARDS WINNING PROMOTION TO ACT ON MY BEHALF IN THE PROCESSING AND TRANSFER MY PRIZE AS INSTRUCTED BY ME.
============================================================================== =========



Good luck from me and members of staff of the UK
NATIONAL LOTTERY.
MR.EDWARD RAYMOND.
Email: claims_agent@indiatimes.com
DIRECTOR OF PROMOTION.

BRITISH LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS.
THE OAKROOM LOUNGE.
Material Copyright © 2007 The Lottery Co. Ltd.


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