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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: "British Lottery Corporation" <bltycorp@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2008 19:08:43 -0700
Subject: Dear Internet User (You Have Won 600,000.00GPS) !


Dear Lucky Winner,

This is to bring to your notice that you have been chosen as the lucky
winner of our 5th year Internet Lottery Award Program held yesterday and
result released today. All the e-mail address of people that are active
online were selected, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo, Aol,
Hotmail and few from other private and company e-mail providers. No tickets
were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers
for representation and privacy.

Your e-mail address was attached to ticket number 15791038-21500 with serial
number 441705-926 drew lucky numbers 5-41-30-85-15, which consequently won
in the 2ND category.You are hereby approved for a lump sum pay out of (SIX
HUNDRED THOUSAND BRITISH POUNDS) (600, 000.00BPS) only. This is part of our
global financial assistance for humanitarian development.

To claim your prize, please contact your beneficiary-processing agent Dr.
Clifford Jonah on his private contact information below.

Contact Person: Dr. Clifford Jonah
Email: cliffordjonah@hotmail.com

You are needed to forward to him, your winning details below to help
facilitate the processing of your claims and release of your winning
certificate. The information you are to fill and forward to him includes:-

Ref. Number: 9028/0286/3089
Batch Number: 670399201-UK48
Serial Number: 441705-926
Ticket Number: 15791038-21500
Amount won: 600,000.00 pounds
For the Month of May, 2008.
1. Full names.....................
2. Phone number...................
3. Fax number.....................
4. Occupation.....................
5. Sex............................
6. Age............................
7. Address:.......................
8. Country:.......................

On behalf of British Lottery Corporation, we congratulate you.

Yours in service,
Mrs. Grace Howard
Public Relations Officer
British Lottery Corporation
London, United Kingdom.

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