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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:

Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 14:51:50 +0000

[UK National Lottery Logo]

The National Lottery Logo

The National Lottery
PO Box 1010
L70 1NL
United Kingdom.
Ref: XYL /26510460037/05
Batch: 24/00319/IPD


We happily announce to you the draw (#1017) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,online Sweepstakes International program held on 25th Wednesday September 2005.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:56475600545188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky
Ball number 2 Ball number 23 Ball number 33 Ball number 35 Ball number 40 Ball number 42 Bonus Ball number 25

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 157,888 (One Hundred And Fifty Seven Thousand Eighty Eighty Eighty Pounds Sterlings) in cash credited to file XYL /26510460037/05.

This is from a total cash prize of 947,328 (Nine Hundred And Fourty Seven Thousand Three Hundred And Twenty Eight Pounds Sterlings.) shared amongst the (10) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 5 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,associatons 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 157,888 (One Hundred And Fifty Seven Thousand Eighty Eighty Eighty Pounds Sterlings) would be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.

Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him.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.

Warning!!!: Fraudulent emails are circulating that appear to be using National Lottery addresses, but are not from The National Lottery.


Please be warned.To file for your claim, please contact our fudiciary agent:
Agent: Jonathan Woodgate

to check your results on-line click on this link
Bertron Hill
Online Co-ordinator for U.K NATIONAL LOTTERY Sweepstakes International


Featured Winner
Charmaine Collins

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