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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 Mega Millions Lottery" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <msalice650@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2013 13:13:30 -0800
Subject: RE/ AWARD NOTIFICATION

UK Mega Millions Lottery
Address:DLA Piper UK LLP
3 Noble Street
London EC2V 7EE
United Kingdom
 
RE/ AWARD NOTIFICATION
Good day
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today, winners of Mega Millions as part of our yearly bonanza.
Your name/email address is attached to ticket number 034-1416-4612-750, with serial number 6521-11 drew the lucky numbers  9 41 43 47 57 5 (http://us.ukmegamlldc.com/index/log/numbers/numbers.html), and consequently won the lottery in category C: You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$1.2Million in cash credited to file REF:EKS255125600304 .
This is from total prize money of US$29.9Millions shared among 14 winners in this category. All participants were selected through a computer email balloting system drawn from 25,000 names from Middle East, Asia, Africa, Canada, Europe and North America and Oceania as part our International Promotions Program, which is conducted Monthly
CONGRATULATIONS!
To file for your claim, please contact our paying bank on the information stated below.
 
CITI BANK NA
Address.Lewisham House
25,Molesworth Street Lewisham
London SE1 37EX.
Website:http://www.citibank.co.uk
Contact Person:Paul Booth
CITI BANK LONDON
Yours Sincerely,
ALICE JEN.
For Management
The Mega Millions Lottery.
Email:msalice650@gmail.com

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