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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: "UKONLINE PROMTION DEPARTMENT" <info@ukonline-promodepartment.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 04:32:15 +0000
Subject: UKONLINE NOTIFICATION DESK!!!


UK ON-LINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
NOTIFICATION DESK
WD 195 UNITED KINGDOM.
UNITED KINGDOM
(Customer Services)
Ref: UK/9420X2/688
Batch: 074/05/ZY369

                                UKONLINE NOTIFICATION DESK.
 
We happily announce to you the draw (#984) of the UNITED KINGDOM HIGHSTAKE ON-LINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International program held on 25TH JUNE 2005.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:56475600545 188 with  Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:(03)-(11)-(17)-(19)-(20)-(41)bonus # (06).Which subsequentlywon you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 5 plus bonus. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 500,000 (Five hundred thousand pounds sterling) in cash credited to file TU/9023118308/03. This is
from a total cash prize of 2,000,000,00 shared amongst the first four (5) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 5 plus bonus.All participants for the online version were selected randomly from WorldWide 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 bimonthly.
 
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 500,000 (five hundred thousand pounds sterling) would be released to you by any of our security firm.Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him/her.
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. JAMES BLAIR,
FOREIGN DEPARTMENT MANAGER
COOPERATE TRUST SECURITY AND FINANCE COMPANY UK.
Contact email:
contact_james001@uk2.net
 
*************************************************************
Goodluck from me and members of staff of the  UK-ONLINE INTERNATIONAL
LOTTERY AND COOPERATE TRUST SECURITY AND FINANCE COMPANY UK
 
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
At your disposal, we remain.
Very Truly Yours,
 
Philips Beattie
Lottery Co-Ordinator.

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