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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: "H.J.LEEDS MC DESMOD" <ukprimelotterydept2005@msn.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2005 01:17:08 +0000
Subject: XMAS BONANZA PROMOTION RESULT.

Ref: UK/7146x4/99
Batch: 042/02xa192
Dear winner,
We are pleased to announce to you the draw of the PRIME LOTTERY
PROGRAMME
online Sweepstakes International Program held Today
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 5368/02with
Serial number 56475600545188 drew the winning number:
19-6-26-17-35-7
which
subsequently won the LOTTO PLUS 1 prize. You have therefore been
approved to claim a total sum of 500,000.00 Pounds(Five  hundred Thousand Pounds) in cash credited to file REF: PLI/4080318306/04 of
Ukprime Lottery.
All participants for the online version were selected randomly from the
World Wide Web through a computer draw system and extracted from over
100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed
online.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 500,000.00 pounds would be released to you
by any
of our payment offices in Europe.
To file in for your claim, please Fill the Beneficiary Verification form below and send it to
 
BARRISTER COKER SMITH
Email:financehousedept@yhoo.com
 
                  CLAIMS VERIFICATION FORM.
 

1. Ticket number:..........................
 
2. Batch number:...........................
 
3. Serial number:...........................
 
4. Amount won:.............................
 
5. Full Names:...............................
 
6. Date Of birth:............................
 
7. Sex:...........................................
 
8. Contact Address:.......................................
 
9. Telephone Number:................................
 
10. Occupation:....................................... ..
 
11.Nationality...........................................
 
That way your Winnings Certificate and all other relevant
documents/paperwork can be prepared for you. Note that all prize funds
must be claimed
not later than Two weeks. After this date all funds will be returned to
the LOTTERY TREASURY as unclaimed. In order to avoid unnecessary delays
and complications,please endeavor to quote your Reference Number
(Ref: UK/7146x4/99 ) and Batch Number(042/02xa192)in every correspondence
with your agent.
Furthermore, should there be any change in your address, do inform your
claims agent as soon as possible.
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 double claiming and unwarranted
abuse of
this program. Please be warned.
Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality, and
press anonymity until the end of proceedings, and beyond where they so
desire. Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of
confidentiality until the end of proceedings to circumvent problems
associated with fraudulent claims. This is part of our precautionary
measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.
 
Good luck from me and members of staff of the PRIME  LOTTERY.
Yours faithfully,
SIR HENRY J LEEDS
Online Co-ordinator for PRIME  LOTTERY SWEEPSTAKE PROGRAMME 

 
Copyright 2005 Prime Lottery Inc. All rights reserved

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