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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: "frank brown" <uknlotto3@msn.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2005 03:14:05 +0000
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION

                            The National Lottery, PO Box 1010, Liverpool, L70 1NL.
The National Lottery Logo 
REF N: UK/9420X2/68
BATCH N:074/05/ZY369 
Date: 17/12/2005
FROM: THE DESK OF THE MANAGING DIRECTOR
                                   AWARD NOTIFICATION/ FINAL NOTICE
   U.K National Lottery wishes to inform you that the results of the E-mail address ballot lottery international program by Great Britain held on the 10th of OCTOBER 2005.Your email account have been picked as a winner of  SEVEN HURNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND POUNDS STERLING  (£750,000). This results is now released to you on 17/12/05.
 All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 union associations and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion takes place bianually i.e twice in a year.
All winning must be claimed not later than 30TH of December, 2005. After this date all unclaimed funds will be retured to European Union Treasury as unclaimed. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference number in all correspondence.
Be advice to keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program,For the release of your winning,kindly contact the funds department in National Lottery Head Quarters.
You are to contact Mr. Owen Walter
You are to quote your Ref: number, Batch number and your email address for confirmation of your winnings.
Congratulations from the staff and thank you for being part of email account users program.

Mr. Owen Walter, Mr. Gerald Goodman (Manager Foreign Operations), Mr. Franklyn Van Der Weijden (Manager Domestic Banking Operations), Steve White (Director International funds Department), Mrs. Sandra Murphy (Executive), Mr. Michael Cole (Executive), Mr. Stephen Boer (Chairman).MRS JULIE VAN HANS (VICE PRESIDENT)
 
                 
You must be 16 or over to play or claim a prize
 
Copyright 2005 U.K National Lottery International

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