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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "loss lucas" <>
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2005 13:55:30 +0000

Olympic Way, Sefton Business Park,
Aintree Liverpool, L70 1NL,
United Kingdom.



Draw 985
Tuesday 11th october 05
Batch: 985/05/EM/01
Ref: UK-05/LW/01CTG/0316.
Grand Prize Awards: GBP £1,235,180.00
Machine Used For the Draw: MOONSTONE.
Jackpot Winners: 2
Ball Set Used: 7.
Winning Numbers: 03 - 07 - 09 - 21 - 35 - 39 - 32.

Dear our treasured lucky winner,


Congratulations! You have been chosen among two (2) other lucky jackpot
winners to receive a total sum of GBP £1,235,180.00 (One Million, Two
Hundred and Thrty-Five Thousand, One Hundred and Eighty Great British Pounds
Sterling Only) representing your total grand prize award Winnings on 1st
Category of our computer draw 963 for Promotion E-mail Lottery jackpot Bonus
via the internet drawn on Tuesday 11th october 2005. Your e-mail address
attached to ticket number:77535209300 344 with Serial number 1076/45 drew
the lucky numbers: 03 - 07 - 09 - 21 - 35 - 39 - 32, which subsequently won
the lottery in the 1st category. That is, match 5 plus bonus. You have
therefore been approved to claim a total sum of GBP £1,235,180.00 (One
Million, Two Hundred and Thrty-Five Thousand, One Hundred and Eighty Great
British Pounds Sterling Only) credited to file UK-05/LW/01CTG/0316.

All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World
Wide Web sites "www" through computer draw system and extracted from over
100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online.

ELIGIBILITY: This promotion is offered only electronically via the Internet
and is open to all natural persons age of at least 16 years and older with a
valid email address recorded in our central atabase. This promotion is void
where prohibited.

Principals and employees of the UK Lottery Winnings Organization and its
respective parents, subsidiaries and immediate family members of each are
not eligible to claim their prize awards. We have always strived to keep the
games easy to play and win, keep the games fresh and interesting, respond to
emails from players/advertisers and lucky winners as quickly as possible and
pay our winners as fast as possible after all statutory obligations have
been duly completed on the part of Overseas winners. We feel we have
accomplished this and this is probably one of the main reasons that we have
been able to stay in business and rated the best UK Lottery Winnings
Organization among others.


All overseas lucky winners must be able to identify themselves in
association with the selected lucky email address to claim their prizes as
allocated and also it is our standard practices to allocate accredited claim
agents for the processing of claim application on behalf of overseas lucky
winners and payment of prize awards to the benefit of lucky winners after
all modalities have been completed satisfactorily.

To file for your claim, please contact our licensed and accredited claim
agent company at your earliest convenient by phone, fax or email for your
application to be submitted and processed for payment by using the following
contact information as stated below:

Contact Officer: Dr Clayton Lord Jr.
Position: Director- Lottery Verification Department-
(Customer Service Unit),

(a) Being an Overseas lucky winner, you constitute entrant's full and
unconditional agreement to and acceptance to comply with the terms and
conditions of claims to avoid any discrepancy in the cause of payment of
your grand prize awards winning.

(b) Due to mixed up in some numbers and emails/names and for the purpose of
confidentiality, be advised to keep this award notification as secret from
public notice until your claim has been processed and your prize money
remitted to your designated bank account as this is part of our
precautionary measures to avoid double claim or misuse of this program by
some social miscreants. Hence, your prize award winning is confidential as
our winners are at liberty to remain completely anonymous until payment is
effected to the benefit of the beneficiary. Our staffs are sworn to secrecy,
so you will be the only one to know what you have won hence, this
notification via this medium (EMAIL) to avoid interception of official
letters by post.

(c) By this bonus grand prize awards winning, you acknowledge your
understanding and acceptance to be added to our lottery master player

(d) By this bonus grand prize awards winning, you agree to receive our
periodic mailings which will include, but are not limited to:

Newsletters, Invitations to Play, Announcements for other Lottery Games and
Offers we feel would be of interest to our master player.

(e) By this bonus grand prize awards winning, you understand that you have
the right to be removed from any such mailing list which automatically
disqualifies you from subsequent lottery entries. Removal instructions are
on every mailing.

(f) Finally, we hereby do solemnly guarantee to maintain the privacy of our
master players/lucky winners database and shall not make available for sale,
rent, lease or misuse any information about our players/lucky winners.
Hence, our staffs are sworn to secrecy thereby guaranteeing adequate
security of personal information provided by our players/lucky winners.

For further enquiry/clarification, feel free to contact the undersigned
staff. Congratulations!!

Yours faithfully,

Ross Lucas (Rev)
Online Promotion Coordinator,
U.K. Lottery Winnings Organization,
London, United Kingdom.

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