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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: "usm lot" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 11:56:45 +0000

Dear Sir/Madam.
The U.K. National Lottery
12 Bridge Street,
Staines Middlesex TW18 4TP
United Kingdom.
Ref: LSUK/2031/8161/04
Batch: R3/A312-59
We happily announce to you the draw (#480) of the UK
NATIONAL LOTTERY,online Sweepstakes International program held
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:
56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:
12-26-27-29-33-02 which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd
category i.e Thunderball Jackpot.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum
of £250,000(Two hundred and fifty thousand pounds) in cash credited to
file KTU/9023118308/03.
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 £250,000(Two
hundred and fifty thousand pounds)
would be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary
Provide him with the information below:
1. Name
2. Address
3. Occupation
4. Marital status
5. Age
6. Country(Present Location)
7. Nationality
8. Telephone and Fax numbers.
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. You can go to our online result site to confirm the
value of your winnings and also get a prize breakdown:-
Goodluck from me and members of staff of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY.
Yours faithfully,
Dough Heitinger.
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.
N.B: Please do not reply to this mail. Contact your
Claims agent immediately.

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