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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 Sweepstakes <>
Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 13:03:16 -0800
Subject: Uk Lottery Lucky Winners

P.O.BOX 1010
Batch No: WD18/0065/04RN
Our Ref: UKNL/255457004/06
Our Ref: UK-NL/0627/06


We are pleased to notify you of the release today as dated of the "UK's National Lottery International
Promotions programme held on the 10th,of May,2006.Participants were selected through a
computer ballot system drawn from 50,000 names and email addresses from Europe, America, Asia,
Australia, New Zealand, Middle-East, Africa, and North & South America as part of our international
promotions programme conducted annually to encourage prospective overseas entries.

We hope with part of your prize awards, you will take part in our subsequent lottery jackpots.The result of
our computer draw 844 of this day selected your names and email address attached to Ticket Number
034-22478556 with serial number 129 drew the lucky number 16-25-27-32-35-43-42 which consequently
won the lottery grand prize awards in the 2nd category.

Therefore, you have been approved a lottory jackpot lump sum prize awards winning of £2,500,000.00
(Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand British Pounds Sterling Only) in cash prize credited to file Ref. No:
UKNL/255457004/06. This is from the total prize of £125,000,000. 00 (One Hundred and Twenty Five
Million, British Pounds Sterlings) shared among the Fifty (50) lucky winners in this category as part of our
promotional programme for this year 2006. This is your opportunity!Your prize awards has been insured in
your names and ready for claim.


Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public
notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your account. This is part of our
security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program.

We hope with a part of your prize, you will participate in our next high stakes £2.6 billion International
Lottery.To process your claim, please contact our foreign payment center claim agent immediately;

Mr.Parker Luis
Royal Capital Management Services

For due processing remember, you must contact our foreign payment center agent not later than one
week from today. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.

Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.You
can go to our online result site to confirm the value of your winnings and also get a prize breakdown:-

Goodluck from me and members of staff of the UK National Lottery.

Theresa Anderson
The Deputy Co-Ordinator
International Lottery Department

N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification. Please do not
reply to this mail. Contact your claims agent.
UK National Lottery Winner Ref #:3122

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