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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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Fraud email example:

From: "British Sweepstakes" <>
Date: Sat, 01 Jul 2006 02:57:58 -0700

The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
(Customer Services)
Ref: UK/9420X2/68/BSH
Batch: 074/05/ZY369/BSH
Fax: +448701312413
Tel: +447031946186
                                     SWEEPSTAKES UPDATES[CONTACT CLAIMS AGENT]
We happily announce to you the draw (#1070) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International program held on Saturday 25th march, 2006.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545188/BSH with Serial number 5368/02/BSH drew the lucky numbers: 02-06-10-17-29-30(bonus no.), 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 29,312 (twenty nine thousand,three hundred and twelve pounds sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03/BSH. This is from a  total cash prize of 1,201,792  shared amongst the first  (41)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 29,312 (twenty nine thousand,three hundred and twelve 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 claims agent:
Mr Richard K. Llyod.
Email: OR
1, Winning E-mail address
2, Batch Number
3, Refference Number
4, Ticket Number
5, Serial Number
For further clarification/verification of your claims,Please call on any of our official numbers as stated in notification e-mail.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.
Yours faithfully,
Richard K. Lloyd.
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.

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