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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: "nationallottery12" <>
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2006 12:12:45 -0600
Subject: Your Lottery Winning Notification Batch N0:P2/0056

The U.K. National Lottery
Online Lottery Promo Dept.
Customer Service.
PO Box 1010
L70 1NL United Kingdom.

Date of Notification 30-06-2006

Ref N0: KPL/09-002/JA.

Attn: Winner.

We happily bring to your notice the results of the U.K. National Lottery annual draw held on the28th of June 2006 in London. The online lotto draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 50,000 e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet.


Your e-mail address attached to the Batch N0:P2/0056 with Serial number: 06/1055 drew 28th of June 06 [5] [11] [13] [17] [14] [48] [25], which subsequently won you a prize in the category “B”. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £1,500,000.00 (One Million , Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds) in cash
credited to file Ref N0: KPL/09-002/JA.

This prize is from a total cash prize of £4,500,000.00 (Four Million, Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds) shared amongst the first Three (3) lucky winners in this grand category 'B'. This year Lottery program Jackpot is the largest ever for the UK National Lottery. The estimated £35,000,000.00 (Thirty Five Million Great British Pounds) jackpot would be the sixth-biggest in the U.K. history next year (2007).

The Lowest was the £4,000,000.00 (Four Million Great British Pounds) jackpot that was shared between Four (4) lucky winners in January 2005 draw of the Big Game Mega Millions' predecessor.

For security reasons, be advised to keep your winning information from public notice until your claims is processed and your prize money remitted to you as required in this grand category “B' terms and conditions of claims. This is a part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by non

Please note that, your lucky winning number: [5] [11] [13] [17] [14] [48] [25] falls within our European Booklet representative office in London as indicated in our play Coupon. In view of this, your £1,500,000.00 (One Million, Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds) would be released to you by our affiliate bank.

Our approved agent, Mr. Phil Smith will immediately commence on the processing of your claims, to facilitate the release of your Winnings to you as soon as you make contact with him.

Please be advised as follows: To file for your claim, kindly contact our certified and accredited claims agent with the information below:
Name: Phil Smith
Claims processing agent
For: The U.K National Lottery.
You are advised to provide him with the following information:
Telephone/Fax number:

Note that, all claims processes and clearance procedures must be duly completed early to avoid impersonation and or double claiming.

To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your Reference and Batch numbers in any correspondences with our designated agent.

Congratulations once more from all members and staff of the UK National Lottery Promo.

Yours Faithfully,

Mrs. Patricia Spencer.
Online Co-ordinator
UK National Lottery Promo

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