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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: "national lottery" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 03:30:10 +0000

The National Lottery Logo
The National Lottery
PO Box 1010
L70 1NL
United Kingdom.
Ref: LSUK/2031/8161/05
Batch: R3/A312-59
We happily announce to you the draw (#1012) held on Saturday, 3rd September 2005.
Your e-mail address attached to ticketnumber: 56475600545 188
with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 14,26,34,35,36,45,32.
which subsequently won you the Match 5 plus bonus. You have therefore been
approved to claim a total sum of 313,770 (Three Hundred and Thirteen Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Thousand Pounds Sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.
All participants for the online version were selected randomly from the
World Wide Web through a 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 313,770  would be released to you by any of
our payment offices in Europe.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:
Mr. Mark Roger

Tel: +44 704 010 1519
Provide him with the information below:
3.Marital Status:
8.Country Of Residence:
9.Telephone Number:
10.Fax Number:
11.Draw Number above:
That way your Winnings Certificate and all other relevant
documents/paperwork can be prepared for you.  You would be required to
show an instrument of identification when cashing your cheque i.e. Drivers
license or International passport. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning
information confidential till your claims 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.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference number in every one of your correspondences with your officer. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims officer as soon as possible. 

Good luck from me and members of staff of the U.K NATIONAL LOTTERY.
Yours faithfully,
Sir Jones Dutcher.
Online Co-ordinator for U.K NATIONAL LOTTERY Sweepstakes International

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