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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: UK NATIONAL LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS <uknlclaimsdepartment3@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 05:20:02 -0300
Subject: Ref: UK/9420X2/68/Ticket no. 56475600545

BRITISH NATIONAL LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS:
28 TAN FIELD ROAD,
CROYDON, LONDON.
CUSTOMER SERVICE
+447-03-187-0405
+447-03-186-1753
+447-02-405-2742
Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369
 
                           LOTTERY WINNING NOTIFICATION
                   
We happily announce to you the Draw 1107 of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,online Sweepstakes International program held on 2 AUG 2006. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:  05-08-09-18-41-47  , and a bonus number of 49 which subsequently won you the lottery in the second category.You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 193,849(ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY THREE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND FOURTY NINE POUNDS)in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03. This is from a total cash prize of 775,396 shared amongst the first Four (4) lucky winners in this category.

This year's Lottery Program Jackpot is the 5th largest ever in the history of Europe Sweepstakes. 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 playcoupon.In view of this, your  193,849 would be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. 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 fiduciary

FIDUCIARY AGENT:ROWLEY WHITE
Email:
claims_agentfiduciary6@yahoo.co.uk
           
 
(Form HLP)

REFERENCE
NUMBER:
Ref:
UK/9420X2/68
BATCH NO: 074/05/ZY369

FULL
NAME...............................................
WINNING E-MAIL
ADDRESS..................................
FULL
ADDRESS:...........................................
SEX:................................
AGE...................................
OCCUPATION.............................
TEL.......................
MOBILE................
COUNTRY................................
MODE OF
COLLECTION.
1)DRAFT....BANK TRANSFER
2)CHEQUE....COURIER DELIVERY.
 
Warm regards,
Richard K. Lloyd.
Online Coordinator for the U.K. National Lottery
.
 
        You must be over 16 or over to play or claim a prize
       Copyright 1994-2006 The U.K. National Lottery Inc.
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