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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: "lottery board" <>
Date: Sat, 01 Jul 2006 18:54:58 +0000

The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
(Customer Services)
Ref: UK/9420X2/68/FT
Batch: 074/05/ZY369/FT


We happily announce to you the draw (#1073) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,
online Sweepstakes International program held on Saturday,1st July, 2006.

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545188/FT with Serial
number 5368/02/FT drew the lucky numbers: 01-02-16-22-26-49(bonus no.15)
which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e. match 5 plus

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of (Eight Hundred and
Fifty Thousand pounds sterling) in cash credited to file
KTU/9023118308/03/FT This is from a total cash prize of Ten Million Pounds
Starlings. Shared amongst the first thirteen (13) 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.

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
(Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand pounds sterling) would 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.

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 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. Greg Spencer
Tel: +447031848801

1, Winning E-mail address
2, Batch Number
3, Reference Number
4, Ticket Number
5, Serial Number
6, Amount Won

For further clarification/verification of your claims, Please call on any of
our official numbers as stated in notification e-mail.

Good luck from me and members of staff of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY.

Yours faithfully,
Angela David.
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.

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