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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: "INFO DESK" <infodesk100@btconnect.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 02:42:09 +0100
Subject: Important Message

NATIONAL ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
ROSEVILLE CRESCENT, NORTH WOODS
SW49 P2J LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
Ref Number: NOSL/ CN/ 3565/ C07
Coupon Number: NOSL 2348666578
CONSOLATION PRIZE WINNING NOTICE
British and American private international e-games organizers andco-sponsors,NATIONAL ONLINE SWEEP LOTTO Group International,officially bring to your notice the final result for the Third quarter of the year 2007 in London United Kingdom. We wish to congratulate and inform you on the selection of your email coupon number. Your email ID was included
among the 50,000 different email addresses submitted by our partner international email provider companies. You have won a consolation cash prize of £1.071068GBP (One Million, seven one thousand and sixty eight Pounds Sterling only)equivalent of USD$ 2, 500,000. 00. In view of this, your US$2,500,000.00(Two million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)
would be released to you by our payment office in Europe or any of our payment office.For due processing of your winning claim, pleaseCONTACT INFO:Name: Mr.WILLIAM WALLACE
Email:nationalonlinesweepdesk02@yahoo.co.uk
Phone: +44-7011136459, Fax: 44-8701213851
(Form HLP) Reference Number: NOSL/ CN/ 3565/ C07
CLAIMS PROCESSING FORM (NON RESIDENT WINNER)
1. FULL NAMES:...................
2. ADDRESS:.....................
3. SEX:........................
4. E-MAIL ADDRESS:................
5. TELEPHONE NUMBER:............
6. COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE:....
7. OCCUPATION:............
Once again congratulations from the management of the National Online Sweep International Lottery on your consolation prize winning.
Regards,
MR. ARRIE COLE
(Group Coordinator)

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