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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:

Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 23:27:01 +0100
Subject: Dear Selected Winner(CONTACT Mr James Smith VIA EMAIL

Ref: UK/8421X2/65
Batch: 076/05/ZY523

Dear Winner,


We are pleased to inform you today that the lottery held Wednesday 9th July
2008. The result of the Winner of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY ONLINE PROMO
PROGRAMME, lucky numbers: (16 ) (27) (28) (29 ) (30) (42)bonus no:(43),
Visit the Online :Website for your Result

All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World
Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000
unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online. This
promotion takes place weekly.You have therefore been approved to claim a
total sum of £1,500,000(One Million five hundred pounds sterling) in cash
credited to file KTU/9023118308/03. To file for your claim, please contact
our claims agent;

Mr James Smith
Provide him with the informations below:Name/Age/Country/Mobile Telephone
Number/Occupation and Sex.
Telephone: +44-703-5907238

Good luck from me and members of staff of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY.

Yours faithfully,

Richard K. Lloyd
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL
Sweepstakes International Program.

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