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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: "UK Lottery Organization" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2010 00:51:05 +0100
Subject: Your e-mail address has won you USD$4,600,000


Are you the correct owner of this email address? If yes then be glad this day as the result of the UK lotto, online and e-mail address free-ticket draws of July 25th 2010 held in Bangkok-Thailand has just been released and we are glad to announce to you that your email address came out in the first category and entitles you to claim the sum of US$4.6 Million.

Your email address was entered for the online draw on this free ticket number: ADXA0352819 and won on this Lucky number: Az6OZOR030ABX. Your reply to this message will be expected, and then Mr. Walter Marion our Appointed Claims Agent will proceed with you. MAKE SURE you include the below listed information in your reply/contact email:

Your complete official names and address
Country of origin and country of residence
Contact telephone and mobile numbers
Sex, Age, Occupation and job title

Amount won: US$4,600,000
Free ticket number: ADXA0352819
Lucky number: Az6OZOR030ABX
Date of draw: July 25th 2010

Are you thinking of how you won the US$4,600,000.00 without entering or purchasing the lottery ticket?

Know now that this very draw of the UK Lottery Organization in which you have emerged as a winner was a free ticket, online and email address draws where thousands of email addresses was collected from almost all world wide websites and used for the online draws/sweepstakes and during winners selection your email address came out among the first ten which won you the lottery in the first winning category and entitles you to claim the sum of Four Million, Six hundred thousand USA Dollars.

Feel free to visit our website for more details and you can also track your winning online to see your winnings details in our website. However that can ONLY be after you have replied with the above mentioned winning and personal claims information. You can receive your UK Lottery winning fund of US$4,600,000 in either of the two following ways:


Choose one and indicate.

If you choose check delivery option, you will have to make payment of US$350 or US$125 for delivery of the winnings check to your address. If you choose this option and make any of the delivery payment, the US$4,600,000 check will be set on delivery to your address and it will take two days to arrive on US$350 delivery payment and nine days to arrive on US$125 delivery payment. After the delivery payment is made by you and received, a package delivery tracking number will also be given to you which you will use in tracking the delivery progress of your winnings package until it arrives your address. When the check has arrived your address, you will be expected to take it to your bank for deposit and when you have done that, it will take four banking days for the check to clear and the complete US$4,600,000 will be available for withdrawal in your bank account.

If you choose bank to bank transfer option, you will have to send your complete bank account details and also make payment of US$690 for C.O.T and commission charges. Note that your bank account details will NOT BE NEEDED if your chosen claims option is not bank to bank wire transfer. If you choose this option, after you have made the US$690 payment and have also sent your bank account details, the US$4,600,000 will be wire-transferred into your bank account and within three banking days, the complete US$4,600,000 will be available for withdrawal in your bank account.

Also note that you are the one to make payment for any claims option that you choose because you are a free ticket winner and the UK Lottery Organization covers only the claims expenses of winners that purchased our lottery tickets.

Online Winning Notification Department.

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