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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: "Richard Lloyd" <winningnoticeuk2@msn.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 10:15:49 +0000
Subject: Mersey Winning Notice

U.K National Lottery On-Line
The Marina Offices, St Peters Yacht Basin,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1HX
England
(Customer Services)
 
The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
UNITED KINGDOM
(Customer Services)
Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369

             
                          WINNING NOTIFICATION 

We happily announce to you the draw (# 1028) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,online Sweepstakes International program held on Saturday 3rd  of December , 2005. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:02,05,13,30,39,49  (bonus no. 03), which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 5 plus bonus.You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of   480,152 (Four hundred and eigthy thousand, one hundred and fifty two pounds sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.This is from a total cash prize of 4,321,368 shared amongst the  (9) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 5 plus bonus.
All participants for the online version were selected randomly from
World Wide Web sites through 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   480,152 (Four hundred and eigthy thousand, one hundred and fifty two pounds sterling) would be released to you by any of
our payment offices in Europe.
   Our European agent will immediately commence the process to
facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him.
  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.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary
agent:
Mrs. Roxanne Green
You can go to our online result site to confirm the
value of your winnings and also get a prize breakdown:-
http://www.national-lottery.co.uk/player/p/results/results.do
Goodluck from me and members of staff of the UK
NATIONAL LOTTERY.
Yours faithfully,
Richard K. Lloyd.
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.
Phone :+44- 7031923278
Copyright 1994-2005 The UK National Lottery Inc.
All rights reserved. Terms of Service - Guidelines
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