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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: awardlottery_o24@comcast.net
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 13:26:07 +0000
Subject: BRITISH LOTTERY

BRITISH LOTTERY
The Lottery Company
P.O Box 789
H arrogate
HG1 2YR

Our Dear Winner,

It our pleasure to inform you that you are lucky to be selected as one of this
year lottery awards.

You have won the sum of 710,000 (SEVEN HUNDRED AND TEN
THOUSAND,POUNDS STERLING ) from BRITISH LOTTERY on our 2007
new year charity bonanza.

The winning ticket was selected from a Data Base of Internet Email
Users, from which your Address came out as the winning coupon.

We hereby urge you to claim the winning amount quickly as this is a
monthly lottery. Failure to claim your win will result into the
reversion of the fund to our following month.

You are therefore requested to contact immediately out Claims
Department below quoting winning number: LOTTERY
NUMBER:05-08-10-18-20-46-{43}.

Contact Person: Mr James Smith
phone number: +447011138299
Email: drjamessmith777@gmail.com

Please quote your lottery number.

Mode Of Payment:

1. Bank to Bank Payment...............
2. Courier Delivery...........................

Congratulations once again.

Verification and clearance form

1.Full Names:..............................
2.Address:....................................
3.Sex:.............................................
4.Age:.............................................
5:Occupation:...............................
6. E-mail Address:......................
7.Winning Numbers:..................
8.Country:.....................................
9.Phone Numbers:.....................

Regards,
MRS Jane Stewart,
Online coordinator for NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.

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