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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: "Mrs. Dianne Thompson" <>
Date: Fri, 2 May 2008 11:13:39 +1000
Subject: REF: UKL/74-A0802742008

The Camelot Group, operators of The National Lottery.
3b Olympic Way, Sefton Business Park,
Aintree, Liverpool, L30 1RD.

Dear Winner,

The United Kingdom National Lottery wishes to inform you that the results o=
f the E-mail address ballot lottery international program by Great Britain =
held on the 30th of April 2008 is out. Your email account have been picked =
as a winner of a lump sum pay out of Eight hundred and ninety-one thousand,=
nine hundred and thirty-four Great Britain pounds (=C2=A3 891,934.00 Pound=
s Sterling) credited to file REF NO. REF: UKL/74-A0802742008. This is from =
total prize money of GBP 4,459,670.00 shared among the FIVE (5) internation=
al winners in this category. You are to contact our claims agent for valida=

Mr. Phil Herald.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs. Dianne Thompson
Online Coordinator,
CAMELOT GROUP, Operator of The National Lottery.

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