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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:

From: "UK Hope Lottery Promotion" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 10:22:58 +0000

From:Uk Hope National Lottery Promotions
Ref. Number: 132/756/4534
Batch number: 638901527-AMB/02


We are pleased to inform you of the lottery result winners International
programmes held on 19th OCTOBER 2005.Your e-mail address was attached to
ticket number 278511465896-6452 with your serial number 3772-554 drew you a
lucky number 3-14-18-23-31-45 which consequently won in the first category,
you are therefore been approved for lump sum pay out of US$ 3,000,000 (Three
million United states Dollars) CONGRATULATIONS ! ! !

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, you are advised to keep your
winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and
your money remitted to your nominated bank. This is part of our security
protocol to avoid double claims and unwarranted abuse of this programme by
some participants. All participants were selected through an e-mail
balloting. This promotional programme takes place every three years.

To file for your claim, please contact our fiducially agent:

E-mail address:

Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 30th NOVEMBER 2005.
Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
remember to quote your reference number and batch number in all
correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform
our agent as soon as possible.

Once again congratulations .
Best regards,
Lottery coordinator.

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