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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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Fraud email example:

From: "From The Desk Of The Notification Department" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 22:58:44 +0000
Subject: Winning Notification(Ref:UK/839030X2/14)

The National Lottery®
165 Fulham Palace Road,
w6 8JB,United Kingdom.
TICKET NUMBER:023-1111-790-458
                         WINNING NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the final announcement today, 22nd December, 2006 of winners of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY ONLINE PROMO PROGRAMME, held on the 20th of December, 2006 .

Your ticket number 023-1111-790-458 attached to your email address, with serial number 5073-12 drew the lucky numbers  
(bonus no.) 
this lucky number subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of  £252,000:00 (Two hundred and fifty-two thousand pounds sterling) in cash credited to file  XYL/26510460037/04. This is from a total cash prize of £2,520,000,00(Two million, five hundred and twenty thousand pounds sterling) shared amongst the first ten (10) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 5 plus bonus.

All participants of this online promotion programme were selected randomly from numerous World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from close to 125,000 unions, associations and corporate bodies listed online. This promotion takes place Quarterly.

Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in the United kingdom as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this,your £252,000,00 (Two hundred and f ifty-two thousand pounds sterling) would be released to you by any of our payment office in the United Kingdom.

Your assigned claims agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him/her via electronic mail(email) or other options made available to you.

For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim 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 claims agent;
Peter Edwards(MR)
Representative office
10 Camelot close thamesmead.
London E280ES
United Kingdom.
Email:                                                 phone; +44-7011130114
Fax;    +44-8704789499
For due processing and remittance of your prize money.
Note: You must contact your claims officer not later than 2 (two) weeks after this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications.
please remember to quote your reference number in every one of your correspondences with your claims officer. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims officer as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program. Thank you for being part of our online promotional lottery program.

Yours Truly,
Co-ordinator(Online Promo Programme).
2006 Uk National Lottery. All rights reserved
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