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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:

Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 16:16:36 +0000
Subject: BTL WINNING NOTIFICATION Batch: 12/25/0304

British Flag


                                                                  11th  November,2005

 British Lottery Headquarters:
Customer Service

Ref: BTL/491OXI/04
Batch: 12/25/0304


 We happily announce to you the draw of the British
Lottery International programs held on the 1st of
November 2005 in London. Your e-mail address attached
to ticket number: 564 75600545-188 with serial number
5388/02 drew the lucky numbers: 31-6-26-13-35-7,which
subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total
 sum of US$250,000.00 (Two hundred and fifty thousand,
United States Dollars) in cash credited to file
RPC/9080118308/04 made available from a total cash prize
of US $12.5 Million dollars, shared amongst the first Fifty
(50) lucky winners in this category.

All participants were selected randomly from world
wide web sites through a computer drawn system and
extracted from over 100,000 companies. This promotion
takes place annually.

Please note that your lucky winning number falls
within our booklet representative office in Europe as
indicated in our play coupon. In view of this, your
US$250,000.00 (Two hundred and fifty thousand,
United States Dollars) would be released to
you by our affiliate bank in London as soon as you
establish contact.

  Please be warned. To file for your claim, contact our
fiduciary agent with the below details;

AGENT: Mrs. Jane  Shearer



   To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, quote your
    reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with us or
our designated agent. Congratulations once more.


Mark Anderson . S, Mr.

Zone Co-ordinator.


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