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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Linda Moore" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 13:48:48 +0000

Airport Hale Rd Halebarns
Altrincham Cheshire WA15 8XW UK
Batch No: WD18/0065/04RN
Our Ref: UKNL/255457004/04


We wish to congratulate you over your success in our computer balloting
sweepstake held on saturday 17th september 2005. This is a millennium
scientific computer game in which email addresses were used. It is a
promotional program aimed at encouraging internet users; therefore you do
not need to buy ticket to enter for the game.

However, your email address was attached to ticket number 034-22478556; with
serial number 129 draw the lucky numbers 06-09-13-15-40-43-02, which
eventually won the lottery in the first category of the draws.

Therefore, you have won a lottery jackpot prize awards of £1,500,000.00 (one
million five hundred thousand pounds Sterling Only) This is from total prize
money of US$30,000,000.00 distributed to winners from 1st to 3rd categories.

Note that this program was largely promoted and sponsored by a group of
philanthropist, industrialists from the internet ware industry and some
other big multinational firms who wish to be anonymous. You may wish to
establish contact via e-mail with the particulars presented below citing the
batch and reference numbers to this letter. Telephone lines are open between
the hours of 8.00am - 7.30pm on Monday through Friday

Customer Service Unit,
Tel/Fax No: +44-870-135-2454
Contact person: MR STANLEY O'BRIEN.

Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality, and
press anonymity until the end of proceedings, and beyond where they so

Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of confidentiality until
the end of proceedings to circumvent problems associated with fraudulent


At your disposal, we remain.
Very Truly Yours,
International Promotions Unit,
UK Leeds Promotions LOTTERY,
Airport Hale Rd Halebarns
Altrincham Cheshire WA15 8XW UK

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