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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: "Uk National Lottery" <uknational_02@msn.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 08:59:43 +0000
Subject: CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS AGENT



The National Lottery Logo

Web Bug from http://www.national-lottery.co.uk/player/i/s.gif

The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
UNITED KINGDOM
(Customer Services)

Date:23rd  November,  2005
WINNING NOTIFICATION

Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369

Dear Winner,

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

Overseas Claims Unit
United Kingdom Lottery Fiduciary
Mr. Larry Peters,
Email:larrypeters02_uknationallotto2005@hotmail.com                                                                              Tel:+447031847074knationallotteryworldwide@hotmail.comknationallotteryworldwide@hotmail.comuknationallotteryworldwide@hotmail.comuknationallotteryworldwide@hotmail.com

Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. You may wish to establish contact via e-mail with the particulars presented above citing the batch and reference numbers to this letter.

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.

Goodluck from me and members of staff of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY.

Yours faithfully,
 
Brian Hunt
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,
Sweepstakes International Program.
Open 7 days 8am-8pm
 

 

                

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