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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: UK LOTTERY ORGANIZATION <uk_organization11@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 07:22:14 +0000
Subject: UK LOTTERY ORGANIZATION



UK LOTTERY ORGANIZATIONTICKET FREE/ONLINE E-MAIL ADDRESS WINNINGS DEPARTMENT.Lucky Number: 7mxRW3409Ticket Number: AQ1628Z8QW4550.

If you are the correct owner of this email ddress,then be glad this day as the result of the UK lotto online e-mail winning draws and sweepstakes held in Bangkok-Thailand on the 29th of October 2007. has just been released and we are glad to announce to you that your e-mail address has won you the lottery in the first category and you are entitled to claim the sum of US$4.6M.

Your email addresses was entered for the online draw on this Ticket Number: AQ1628Z8QW4550 and won on this Lucky Number: 7mxRW3409.

You are to contact Mr John Alex on the below email address for quick delivery of your won cheque of US$4.6M. All winners cheque are certified cashiers and are cashable in any bank of any country.

To enable the Courier Company ascertain you as the rightful receiver of the cheque, include the below listed information in your contact mail.

Your country, complete official names, amount won, ticket and lucky numbers, date/venue of draw, address where your wish to receive your winnings cheque, contact telephone, mobile and fax numbers, sex, age, occupation and job title.
Contact Agent: Robert joseph.Office Address: 4Road Khlongtan,15/F,3354/48 Rama Manorom Building Khlongtoey Bangkok 10110, ThailandEmail-Address: royerservice77@yahoo.co.th

Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program and thank you for being part of our promotional lottery programm.

For safety measures and to avoid fruadulent claims you are adviced to keep all about your winnings information and notification confidential and away from all third parties till your check arrives your address.

Yours Truly,Mr Paul Smith Co-ordinator.UK LOTTERY ORGANIZATION.

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