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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: "onlineaward" <>
Date: Sat, 3 Jun 2006 04:53:37 -0600

The National Lottery
PO Box 1290,129012901290
L70 1NL
United Kingdom.
Ref: XYC/26500460037/08
Batch: 74/00319/IPD

Dear lucky winner,

We happily announce to you the draw (#1032) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International program held on 2nd june 2006. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:
21 - 32 - 41 - 42 - 43 - 46 (Bonus number 17 ) which subsequently won you the lottery in the 1st category i.e match 6. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Great Britain pounds sterlings) in cash credited to fil XYC /26500460037/08.

This is from a cash prize of £5,865,360 (Five million, eight hundred and sixty five thousand, three hundred and sixty pounds sterlings), Shared amongs 5 lucky winners in this category i.e. Match 6.. All Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from a pool of over 25,000 names of distinguished professionals drawn from Europe, America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Middle-East, parts of Africa, and North & South America as part of our international promotions programme conducted twice weekly to encourage prospective overseas entries. The internet emailing ideal was used, since most people are not able to purchase tickets and play outside the UK. We hope with part of your prize awards, you will take part in our subsequent lottery jackpots.

This promotion takes place Twice weekly (Wednesdays and Saturday). The idea of this promotion is that within ten years from now, there will be notable richness amongst many unusual people around the world. This will give many people the opportunity to get their lives to a stage where they had always wanted. Kindly note that you will only be chosen in this online email promotions once, which means that subsequent weekly winnings will not get to you again, so its your choice to spend the funds wisely on something that will last you a long time. And please do not border following up this email, if you have benefited from this donation in previous years.

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 £500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Great Britain pounds sterlings) will be released to you by our payment office in UK.

Our Fudiciary agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. For security reasons,Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality, and press anonymity until the end of proceedings, and beyond where they so desire. Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of confidentiality until the end of proceedings to circumvent problems associated with fraudulent claims. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Any lottery double claim dedected by our monitoring committee will lead to the Uk national lottery cacelling the winnings. making a loss for both the real winner, and the fake (intended) claimer.

To file for your claim, fill the winner verification form below and forward to the fudiciary agent immediately via email.
Agents Name: Mr Jamie Clieff
Phone: +447031818812 or +447024077484


1.FULL NAMES:__________________________________




5.MARITAL STATUS:___________________


7.E-MAIL ADDRESS:_____________________________

8.TELEPHONE NUMBER:_____________________

9.LOTTO NUMBERS:____________________ B. DRAW NUMBER:______________

10.TICKET NUMBER:___________________

11.SERIAL NUMBER:__________________

12.AMOUNT WON:___________________________________

13. STATE:__________________________________

14. COUNTRY________________________________

Warning!!!: Fraudulent emails are circulating that appear to be using National Lottery addresses, but are not from The National Lottery.
Once again congratulations...

Sir George Arrisson Online Co-ordinator
Sweepstakes International


© 2006 Uk National Lottery. All rights reserve

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