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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: "George Roldouph" <>
Date: 27 Feb 2007 01:42:58 -0000
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION....(Customer Services)

The National Lottery&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; P O Box 1010&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Liverpool, L70 1NL&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; UNITED KINGDOM&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbs!
p;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; (Customer Services)WINNING NOTIFICATION.&nbsp;Ref: UK/9420X2/68Batch: 074/05/ZY369&nbsp;Dear Winner,We happily announce to you the draw (#1020) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International program held&nbsp; 1st December,&nbsp; 2006.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:56475600545 188 with Serialnumber 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: Winning Numbers Breakdown Bonus Ball , Bonus Ball [11] which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 5 plus bonus.&nbsp;You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 1,500,000 (One million five hundred thousand pounds sterlings) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03. This is from a total cash prize of L6,000!
,000 shared amongst the first four (4) lucky winners in this category
i.e Match 5 plus bonus.&nbsp;All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000unions, associations and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion takes place twice a year .&nbsp;Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In&nbsp; view of this, 1,500,000,00 pound sterling (One million Five hundred thousand pounds sterlings) would be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.&nbsp;Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact her.&nbsp;To file for your claim, please contact our claims agent Overseas Claims Unit United Kingdom Lottery Fiduciary to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact her.Miss Lisa Southgate..Email:&nbsp;!
; with the following information : &nbsp;Full NameAge Sex Residential addressCountry of OriginOccupationPostheldTelephoneFax number&nbsp;Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality, and press anonymity until the end of proceedings, and beyond where they so desire. Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of confidentiality until the end of proceedings to circumvent problems associated with fraudulent claims. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.&nbsp;Goodluck from me and members of staff of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY.&nbsp;Yours faithfully,GEORGE ROLDOUPH.Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY.

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