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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:

Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 20:20:54 +0000

The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
(Customer Services)


We happily announce to you the draw (G966) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,online
Sweepstakes International program held 20th September 2005.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:56475600545 188 with
Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 05 21 23 28 40 48 26
Bonus Ball 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
£250,000 (Two hundred and fifty thousand pounds sterlings)in cash credited
to file KTU/9023118308/03.
This is from a total cash prize of £1,000,000 shared amongst the first
four(5)lucky winners in this category i.e Match 5 plus bonus.
All participants for the online version were selected randomly from
WorldWide 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 viewof this, your £250,000 (Two hundred and fifty thousand 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 your claim 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.

To file for your claim, please contact our claims agent:
Mrs.Mary Loveday
With your Reference,Batch and Draw Numbers.

Goodluck from me and members of staff of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY.
Yours faithfully,
Larry Goodman
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,
Sweepstakes International Program.
Open 7 days 8am-8pm

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