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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: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 21:00:34 -0700
Subject: congratu lation

The National Lottery Logo
Customer Service
Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369


We happily announce to you the draw of the UK-LOTTO
Sweepstake Lottery International programs held on
Wednesday 9 November 2005 in LEEDS UNITED-KINGDOM.Your e-mail address
attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew
the lucky numbers: 01 15 23 30 45 49 33 which subsequently won you the
lottery in the 2nd category.You have therefore been approved to claim a
total sum of US$854,000.00 (Eight hundred and fiftyfour Thousand United
States Dollars)in cash credited
to file ktu/9023118308/03.

This is from a total cash prize of US $8,540,000 million dollars, shared
amongst the first Ten (10) lucky winners in this category.All participants
were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw system
extracted from over 100,000 companies. This promotion
takes place annually.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$854,000.00 (Eight hundred and fifty
four Thousand 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 Her. For security reasons,you
are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims
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
claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements

Please be warned.To file for your claim, please contact ourfiduciary agent:

Mrs Comfort Anthony.

Email :-

You can go to our online result site to confirm the
value of your winnings and also get a prize

Goodluck from me and members of staff of the UK-LOTTO.To avoid unnecessary
delays and complications, please quote your reference/batch numbers in any
correspondences with us or our designated agent.Congratulations once more
from all members and staffs of this program. Thank you for being part of our
promotional Lottery program.


UK-LOTTO Co-ordinator


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