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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: "British Gaming Board Online Lottery" <>
Date: Mon, 07 Aug 2006 23:24:49 +0000
Subject: Ref: National Directive.

The British Gaming Board.

72 New Bond Street London,

United Kingdom W1S 1RR

Your Ref: BAL/198243108/05/DON. Batch: 15/00/4774

Dear Winner:

We happily announce to you the draw of the British Gaming Board E-Lottery Promotions held on the 27th of July, 2006 in London. Your e-mail address attached to an electronically generated ticket, E-ticket number: 56475611545188 with Serial number 19445/12 drew the lucky numbers: 23-6-89-16-54-1, which subsequently won you the E-lottery Prize in the 2nd category. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$2, 500, 000.00 (Two Million, and Five Hundred Thousand, United States Dollars) now credited to file BAL/198243108/05/DON.

This is from a total cash prize of US$80,000.000.00 (Eighty Million United State Dollars) shared amongst the first fifty-five (55) lucky winners in this category "B". This year’s E-Lottery Promotion Jackpot is the largest ever for British Gaming Board. The estimated $80 Million jackpot would be the sixth biggest in U.K history. The biggest was the $373 Million jackpot that went to two winners in January, 2004 draw of The Big Game Mega Millions' predecessor.

All participants were selected randomly from THE INTERNET through an electronic draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies, and 250,000 individuals. This promotion takes place annually. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your prize remitted to you. This is a part of our precautionary measures to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned.

Your lucky winning numbers fall within our European booklet representative office in Ireland as indicated in our play coupon. In view of this, release of your US$2, 500, 000.00 (Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand, United States Dollars) would be processed by our affiliate Bank. Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your prize to you as soon as you initiate contact with him.

To claim your prize, please contact our claims agent with the contact details below to process your claims and ensure to include your winning and reference numbers when filing your claim.

Name: Dr.Raymond James Mehta

Tel/Fax: +44 8701 34 0016.


Middle East and Asian Payment and Release Agent for:

The British Gaming Board.

Note that all claims process must be duly completed early to avoid impersonation or double claim. Also to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with our designated agent.

Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this program.

Yours Faithfully,

Ian Sutton

The British Gaming Board Coordinator (E-Lottery Programs).

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