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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" <mrjohnsmith021@hotmail.co.uk>
Reply-To: ukwinningsclaimsunit07@yahoo.co.uk
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 02:04:56 +0000
Subject: !!! CONGRATULATIONS YOU JUST WON !!!


The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
UNITED KINGDOM
(Customer Services)
Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369
 
FINAL WINNING NOTIFICATION:
 
Dear Lucky Winner,
 
RE: BONUS LOTTERY PROMOTION PRIZE AWARDS WINNING NOTIFICATION
 
We are pleased to notify you the draw (999) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,Online Sweepstakes International Lottery Program held on 26th february, 2007 Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from a pool of over 25,000 names of distinguished professionals drawn from Europe, America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Middle-East, parts of Africa, and North & South America as part of our international promotions programme conducted annually to encourage prospective overseas entries. We hope with part of your prize awards, you will take part in our subsequent lottery jackpots.
 
The result of our computer draw (#978) selected your name and email address attached to e-ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 4-8-17-18-20-23 (27 bonus ball), which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e. match 5 plus bonus.
 
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 600,000.00 ( Six Hundred Thousand Pounds Sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.This is from a total cash prize of 10,533,120 shared amongst the first Six (6) lucky winners in this category i.e. Match 5 plus bonus.
 
Your prize award has been insured in your name and is ready for claims. To begin your claims therefore, you are advised to expeditiously contact our licensed and accredited claim agent for Overseas Lottery Winners within a period of 21 days (date of this email inclusive) for the processing of your winning and remittance to your designated bank account after all
statutory obligations have been satisfactorily dispensed with.
 
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, your 600,000 (Six Hundred Thousand Pounds Sterling) would be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.
 
Please be informed that claims not processed within the stipulated period may be forfeited to the pool without further notice.
 
Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. You may wish to establish contact via e-mail with the particulars presented below citing the batch and reference numbers to this letter between
the hours of 8.00am- 7.30pm on Monday through Friday
 
UK NATIONAL LOTTERY : WINNING PRIZE CLIAMS-
LOTTERYCLAIMS APPLICATION FORM-C (Prize Winning Receipt)
=============================================================
[FULLNAME OF WINNER]................[CURRENTADDRESS]........
[COUNTRY/REGION]...... ............[STATE/PROVINCE]........
[AGE].......................... ...[SEX]...................
[MARTIALSTATUS].....................[OCCUPATION]................
[CURRENTEMAIL]......................[TEL/FAX] .............
ENTRY WINNING INFORMATION
-------------------------------------------------
[ENTRYTICKET NR].........................
[DRAWDATE].. .......................
CLAIMANTSIGNATORY DECLARATION
====================================
I,.........HEREBY DECLARE THAT I HAVE NEVER RECIEVED ANY SETTLEMENT FROM THE NATIONALLOTTERY PROMOTION PRIZE AWARDS WINNING NOR ANY MEMBER OF MY FAMILY FILLED CLAIM ON MY BEHALF TO NATIONAL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION. I, THEREFORE, UK NATIONAL LOTTERY PROMOTION PRIZE AWARDS WINNING PROMOTION TO ACT ON MY BEHALF IN THE PROCESSING AND TRANSFER MYPRIZE AS
INSTRUCTED BY ME.
=========================================
Overseas Claims Unit
United Kingdom Lottery Fiduciary
Contact Person: Mr. Well Paulson
Email:ukwinningsclaimsunit07@yahoo.co.uk
Tel: +44-701-421-3217
Fax: +44-702-093-5734
 
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.
 
CONGRATULATIONS!!!         
             
At your disposal, we remain.
Very Truly Yours,
Mr. John Smith.


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