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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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Please note about this email:

Fraud email example:

From: "NLUKOnline lottery Notifier" <info@nl-ukonline.com>
Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2005 04:03:42 +0000
Subject: WE HAPPILY ANNOUNCE

NL-UKONLINE,P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL,(Customer Services)
UNITED KINGDOM
Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369
6th june 2005.
                                 WINNING NOTIFICATION.
 
 We happily announce to you the draw (#964) of the NL-UK ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY,online sweepstakes International program held on Wednesday, June 4th, 2005.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 06-08-13-15- 21-40 (bonus No 35),which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 5 plus bonus.You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of GBP250,000 00 (Two hundred And Fifty Thousand Pounds Sterling) in cash credited to file TU/9023118308/03.This is from a total cash prize of 1,750,000 shared amongst the first seven (7) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 6 plus bonus.
 
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.
 
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon.In view of this, your GBP250,000 00 (Two Hundred And FIfty Thousand Pounds Sterling) would be released to you by any of our affiliated security companies.
 
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.
 
This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned.

To file for your claim, please contact our security/fiduciary agent:
**************************************************************
MR. ALTON WILLIAMS
FOREIGN DEPARTMENT MANAGER
COOPERATE TRUST SECURITY AND FINANCE COMPANY UK.
CONTACT EMAIL:
williams_216@mmail.com
Tel: +447-040-118-009
Fax: +44-870-136-9041
*************************************************************

You can go to our online result site to confirm the Value of your winnings and also get a prize breakdown:- http://www.national-lottery.com/results.asp
Good luck from me and members of staff of the NL-NATIONAL LOTTERY. Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 10th June 2005.

Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember to quote your reference number and batch number in all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be anychange of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.

Once again congratulations.

Yours faithfully,
Maxwell P. Richard.
Online coordinator for UK ONLINE
INTERNATIONAL  LOTTERY.
Sweepstakes International Program.
nluk_online@msn.com
Open 7 days 8am-11pm

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