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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: "micheal stevens" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2006 03:15:58 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: Re: Winning Notification

The Marina Offices,
Camelot Tolpits Lane
Watford WD18 9RN
Registered in England & Wales No: 2822203Customer Service


We happily announce to you the draw (#1072) of the LONDON UK NATIONAL LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International program held on 6th of August 2006. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 09-17-18-21-23-39(Bonus no, 45), which subsequently won you the 2nd category in the match 5 plus bonus category.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £774,505 (Seven hundred and Seventy four thousand, five hundred and five British pounds sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03. This is from a total cash prize of £8,519,555 shared amongst the (6) lucky winners in the match 6 category. 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 £774,505 (Seven hundred and seventy four thousand, five hundred and five British pounds sterling). This sum will 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.

As part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and eradicate the unwarranted abuse of this program, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential until your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit due to security reasons.

Please be warned.

To Process your claims, you are required to contact Dr. Micheal Stevens of our Verifications/Logistic Department on or send the necessary details via fax to +44- 8701 3573 65 with the information below for verification purposes: 1.Full Name:2.Full Address:3.Marital Status:4.Occupation:5.Age:6.Sex:7.Nationality:8.Country of Residence:9.Telephone Number:10.Fax Number:11.Ticket Number (above):12.Reference Number (above):13.Batch Number (above):
Congratulations from me and the entire members of The London UK National Lottery.

Yours faithfully,
Maxwell Hamakuya
Online co-ordinator
Sweepstakes International Program.
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