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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: "James Woods" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 22:35:10 +0000

The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
(Customer Services)
Ref: LSUK/2031/8161/04
Batch: R3/A312-59

November 10th, 2005

We happily announce to you the draw(#976) of the UK-LOTTO Sweepstake Lottery International programs held on the 30TH APRIL, LEEDS UNITED-KINGDOM. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 2 23 26 30 39 47 31, which subsequently won you the lottery in the 1st category. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$ 5,698,209.48 (Five million, Six Hundred and Ninety-Eight Thousand Two Hundred and Nine United States Dollars) in cash credited to file ktu/9023118308/03. All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies. 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 US$ 5,698,209.48 (Five million, Six Hundred and Ninety-Eight Thousand Two Hundred and Nine United States Dollars) would be released to you by our payment office 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 you 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 by some unscrupulous elements. Please be warned.

To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary
Fax:     +44 709 2866 948
Phone: +44 703 1918 353
You can also click on the website below for more

to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
please quote your reference/batch numbers and winning
numbers in any correspondences with us or our
designated agent.
Congratulations once more from all members and staffs
of this program.

Yours Faithfully, SIR.COOKER JOHNSON
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program

Confidentiality Notice:

Please note that this email, and any files that may be attached to it,is/are confidential and is/are intended for the sole use of the individual(s) or entity(ies) to which it/they is/are addressed. Any use,distribution,copying or disclosure by any other person or entity is strictly prohibited under applicable law(s). If you received this email in error,please notify the sender by return email and delete the original message (making sure it is also deleted from the Deleted Items folder of your mail client).

Opinions, conclusions and other information in this message that do not relate to official business of NATIONAL LOTTERY and insurance shall be understood to be neither given nor endorsed by NATIONAL LOTTERY finance and insurance when addressed to comet finance and insurance clients; and any information contained in this email is subject to the terms and conditions of the governing client's contract(s).


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