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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: "British National Lotteries Commission" <>
Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 12:36:27 +0100
Subject: Online British Lottery Winning Notification.


Customer Service Dept:
Ref: BTL/EU/491OXI/UK/06
Batch: KCP12/25/0304
30th April 2006

Dear Winner,

We happily announce to you the draw of the Online British International Lotteries programs held on the 30th April 2006 in London, United Kingdom. Your E-mail address attached to Ticket Number: 694 75600545 721 with Serial Number 886/04 drew the Lucky Winning Numbers: 07-13-20-27-33-36/48, which subsequently won you the fund in the 2nd Category of this lottery. You are therefore, been Approved to claim a Total Sum of US$2,500,000.00 (Two Million, Five Hundred  Thousand United States Dollars) in Cash credited to Ref. File: BTL/EU/491OXI/UK/06. This is from the Total Cash prize of US$ (One Hundred and Twenty-Five Million United States Dollars) shared amongst the first Fifty (50) Lucky Winners in this category.

Last year's Lottery Program Jackpot was the largest ever for the Online British International Lotteries program. The estimated US$125 Million Jackpot would be the Sixth Biggest in the Worldwide Online British Lottery history. The Biggest was the US$365 Million Jackpot that went to 75 (Seventy-five) Winners in a May last year drawing of "The Big Game Mega Millions predecessor".

Please note that your Lucky Winning Numbers failed within our London  European Booklet Representative Office in United Kingdom as indicated in our Play Coupon. In view of this, your US$2,500,000.00 (Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) would be released to you by our Fiduciary Agent  in London. Our Agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your fund together with the Award Certificate and the Bank Transfer Documents to you as soon as you make contact with him through his office contact details.

All the participants and Lucky Winners of this fund were selected randomly from the Worldwide Business and/or Trade Journals, Web-Site & Email addresses through Computer Super Ballot Draw System and extracted from over 1.000.000 (One Million) individual Emails, Companies and Corporate Organizations names as listed from their various Country's Trade and Investment Journals in their Web-site from Africa, Middle East, Asia, Europe, New Zealand and Australia, North - South and Central America for this Lottery Award; This promotion takes place annually. 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 to avoid double claims amongst other anticipated glitches that may and could lead to your prize being revoked and diverted to another person. "Please be Warned". To file for your claim, kindly contact our Fiduciary Banker Agent with the below details for the processing of your claims:

1). Beneficiary's Names in Full:
2). Residential Address:
3). City/State:
4). Business/Company's Name:
5). Occupation/Profession:
6). Tel/Moblie Phone/Fax Number:
7). Gender:
8). Age:
9). Nationality:
10).Next of Kin:
11).Ref. File No:
12).Batch Number:
13).Serial No:
14).Ticket Numbers:
15).Winning Prize Amount:
16).Notification Edition:
Telephone: 0044-703-1841502 
              Fax:   0044-870-1346830
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, kindly quote your Ref. File Numbers in any  of your correspondences with us or our designated Agent. Congratulations once more from all the Members & Staffs of the  Online British International Lotteries Board Commission of this program. Thanking you for being part of our promotional lottery program.

Sincerely Yours,

Mrs Julia Howards.
(Online British Int'l Zonal Co-ordinator Sec)

  Aruda, Gail Ann         Savery, Aldwin         O'Hara, Brian M       

   Mrs. Julia Howards    Dr. WoodSmith  Andrew    Mr. Richardson M.  Rudolf          
(Zonal Co-ordinator Sec.)       (Board Member)             (Zonal Co-ordinator)
   You must be 16 or over to play or claim a prize
Copyright 1994-2006 The British National Lottery Inc. 
All rights reserved. Terms of Service - Guideline
      EU0860 8556 2548 9576UK


Pictures of Lottery Jackpot Winners

Big Game images

 Online British International Lottery Claimers from 
 London, United Kingdom waiting for last Year's US$365 Million Jackpot.

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