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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: "national loto" <>
Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2006 15:25:31 +0800

REF Nº: EGS/2251256003/02
BATCH Nº: 14/0017/1PD*


National Lottery wishes to inform you the results of the E-mail address
ballot lottery international program by Great Britain held on 3rd May 2006.
Your email account has been picked as a winner of ONE MILLION SIX HUNDRED
THOUSAND POUNDS ONLY. This result is now released on 5th May 2006 and your
email address attached in the Category (A). All participants were selected
through a computer ballot system drawn from Microsoft users from company and

individual email addresses and your lucky number are as follows users which
is also known as to view and confirm this result from our website for your
winning click on this link

Be advice to keep you're winning information confidential until the claims
has been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our
security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this
program, For the release of your winning, kindly contact your claims agent
in National Lottery Head Quarters:

Mr. JONEY JEEZ (TEL: + 447040115191) EMAIL: (

You are to quote your lucky number for confirmation on your winning. All
winning must be claimed not later than 21st June 2007. After this date all
unclaimed funds will be returned to European Union Treasury as unclaimed.
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please
remember to quote your reference number in all correspondence.

1. Full name and address.
2. Country.
3. Tel and fax number.
4. Occupation.
5. Your age.

Congratulations from the staff and thank you for being part of email account

users program.
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Julie Van Hans,
Executive.(Euro Lottery Intern.)

Dr. P. Swier, Mr. Gerald Goodman (Manager Foreign Operations), Mr. Franklin
Van Der Widen (Manager Domestic Banking Operations), Dr. James Williams
(Director International Credit Department
Copyright (c) 2002 Europe Union Lottery International

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