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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: "Patricia Sicola" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <drjenkinsjohn9@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2010 10:11:12 +0800
Subject: Hello Email Owner.

ATTENTION EMAIL OWNER:::
The England National Lottery Promotions Board, announce to you
the result of its monthly Draws Award programs held here in England,
United Kingdom.

Your email address emerged as one of the two winners Of 1,500,000.00GBP cash,
each in the Category "A", Draws held on the 23rd December 2010 for our E-business
Promotional draws from 21,000 Email-addresses of individuals/companies base on
computer balloting all over the world.

You are attached with

Ref NO:-S/L0N15-SS000-SON
Batch No: 11/SLLSLSL/000-SL SL
Serial NO:S15-15.
Won Amount: 1,500,000.00GBP

YOU ARE REQUIRED TO CONTACT OUR APPROVED CLAIMS AGENT
IN CHARGE OF THE GAMES AND PAYMENT WITH PROOF THAT YOU
ARE THE ACTUAL OWNER AND USER OF THE EMAIL ADDRESS,
BELOW IS HIS CONTACT DETAILS:

Dr. Weston Rogers
England FINANCE LIMITED.
CITY/ COUNTRY: LONDON, ENGLAND.
TELEPHONE: +44 702 4015 879
EMAIL:drjenkinjohn9@gmail.com
Sincerely,

Congratulations once more

Patricia Sicola
Online Director
England National Lottery Board


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