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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: "Brian Hunt" <postmaster_uklotto223@msn.com>
Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2006 10:12:00 +0000
Subject: YOU HAVE WON UK LOTTO

 
     UKONLINE NOTIFICATION DESK.    
 GOVERNMENT ACCREDITED LICENSED!!!
 UKONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
 IS REGISTERED UNDER THE DATA PROTECTION ACT OF;
 (Registration Z720633X).
                                                                              
                              National Lottery                                
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
UNITED KINGDOM
(Customer Services)

       Ref: UK/9420X2/68  
                Batch: 074/05/ZY369
            
       The National Lottery Logo
                          
                                              WINNING NOTIFICATION         

We happily announce to you the draw (#966) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,online Sweepstakes International program held on  1st January , 2006.

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number : 56475600545  188 with  Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:
Ball number 4 Ball number 10 Ball number 14 Ball number 21 Ball number 32
Ball number  49   Bonus Ball number 44  
  Bonus Ball 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  2,500,000 (Two million five hundred  thousand pounds sterling)  in cash credited to file  KTU/9023118308/03.

This is from a total cash prize of 10,000,000 shared amongst the first four(5)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 until the end of the year.  (31/12/2006).

 
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon.  (5647560054 188)   In view of this, your 2,500,000 (Two million five hundred  thousand pounds sterling)  would be released to you anywhere in the world 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 claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.
 
Please you are advised to contact the agent with your winning numbers, 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:

Mr. William Crawford 
Email:Crawford_uknationallotto@hotmail.co.uk
 
Phone Number1:+447023053581
 
Phone Number2:+447031846431
 
             Phone Number3:+47031850061
 
CONGRATULATIONS  FROM THE MEMBERS AND STAFF OF UK NATIONAL LOTTERY.
 
Yours faithfully,
Mr. Brian Hunt.
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.
NATIONAL LOTTERY.
          
                              Mr.  Brian Hunt.                          
    Online coordinator

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