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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: Garry Baldwin <ukclaims_agentgarry22@yahoo.co.uk>
Reply-To: garry4baldwin112@hotmail.com
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2008 09:32:18 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: CONTACT OUR AFFILIATE COURIER COMPANY


BRITISH NATIONAL LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS:
28 TAN FIELD ROAD,
CROYDON, LONDON,
UNITED-KINGDOM.
20-02-2008
Tel:+4407031874347
+447031903483



ATTN: Maurice V D'Ornellas ,


CONGRATULATIONS! This is to inform you that you have been cleared a winner of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY .

I am happy to inform you that, your Original Certificate and your Certified bank cheque has been forwarded to the courier company.
Find below the details of the courier company.

Please forward your order number D28928806 Name and Address to The Client Services Manager, SCARLET COURIER SERVICE

ScarLet Slough Courier LTD
Head Office & Accounts
658 Ajax Avenue Slough
Berkshire SL1 4BG
Client Service Manager






















MR.William Bob,
EMAIL : scarletcourierltd.uk1@hotmail.co.uk
Tel: +447031966088
+447031874340



For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned!!!

Note: you are to Quote your complete names and your direct phone number so that they can honor your letter. Once again I say congratulations and always inform me with your dealings with the courier company.

Warm Regards,
Mr Garry Baldwin
Uk National Lottery










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