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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: UKNL Foundation <>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 03:55:50 -0400
Subject: Award notice(Ref: LSUK/2031/8161/05)

Ref: LSUK/2031/8161/05
Batch: R3/A312-59

Dear Email Owner,

We are happy to announce to you that your email address has won you the sum of £590,983.00
(Five Hundred and Ninety Thousand Nine Hundred and Eighty Three Great British Pounds) in the recent online draw of the
UK National Lottery.
To File for your claims, please contact:

Mr. Richard Ness.

You are to provide him With the following information:
Full Name, Contact Address, Country of residence, Age, Sex, Tel, Occupation.

Congratulations once more and from all members and staff of this program.

Yours Truly,
Sir Howard Wright,
Online Coordinator For The UKNL Foundation.


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