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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: "nmlottery nmlottery" <>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 14:03:35 -0500

The National Lottery
P. O. Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
(Customer Services)
Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369


We happily announce to you the draw (#942) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International program held on MONDAY 1st of August, 2005. It is yet to be unclaimed and you are getting the final NOTIFICATION as regards this.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 

which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 5 plus bonus.
Your winning have been approved for claims, a total sum of 3,987,470 (Three million nine hundred and eighty seven thousand,four hundred and seventy pounds sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03. This is from a total cash prize of 15,949,880 shared amongst the four (4) 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, 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 3,987,470 (Three million nine hundred and eighty seven thousand,four hundred and seventy pounds sterling)will 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 claim is processed and your prize winnings remitted to you.

This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claims and abuse of the program. Please be warned.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent Dr.Pedro Santarino.With your full names,address and direct contact number. 


Endeavour to e-mail your full names,winning numbers,telephone and fax numbers immediately.

Yours faithfully,
Stella Ellis
Online coordinator,
Sweepstakes International Program.
Copyright 1994-2005 

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