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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "prizenotification uklottery" <>
Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2006 02:04:23 +0000

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

Ref #: UK/44141W9/51/OB
Batch #: 213/17/AX672/OB

                       PRIZE NOTIFICATION:

We happily announce to you the draw 1044 of the Uk National Lottery online Sweepstakes International program held on Saturday 24 December 2005.

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 30922674873696 with Serial number 5154/07 drew the lucky numbers: 17-21-25-27-30-37(bonus ball 16), 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 152,900(one Hundred and Fifty Two thousand Nine hundred pounds sterling) in cash credited to file GFH/75893420175643/172.

This is from a  total cash prize of 2,140,600 shared amongst the first seven (14) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 5 plus

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, You have therefore been approved to claim a total  sum of 152,900 (one Hundred and Fifty Two thousand Nine hundred pounds sterling) Your prize will be released to you by any of
our payment offices in Europe.
Our European agents will immediately commence the process to
facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact them.

The match 5 plus Bonus Lottery Game Is proudly sponsored by
financial Corps, the Euro American group and the conglomeration  of other international IT companies. It is organized to encourage  the use of the internet and computers worldwide. We are proud to  say that over 450 Million Pounds is been won annually in more
than 185 countries worldwide.

For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning Details  confidential till your Prize is processed and your prize 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 via
E-mail or Telephone

Name:  Debbie Scott
Tel #: +447031849953
Fax #: +448704788157

For further clarification/verification of your prize, Please
contact our fiduciary agent via the telephone provided in the
notification E-mail.

Goodluck from me and members of staff of the National Lottery

Yours faithfully,
Richard K. Lloyd.
Online coordinator for the National Lottery Commission.
All E-mail transmission/correspondence are 100% protected by our
Secure Socket Layer server (SSL).

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