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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: Mr Ben Falls <>
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 10:35:14 +0000 (GMT)

The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
(Customer Services)
Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369
Fax: 44 (0)871 661 8831

Dear Lucky Winner,

Congratulations once again from all the staff here. I am in receipt of your mail and I must say that you should count yourself extremely lucky to have emerged as one of our winners in this year lucky dip sweepstakes. As you already know your email address was randomly selected along with others from over 25,000 website on the internet of which your email address was attached to a ticket number, and it was selected along with others as winners.

Your ticket number 56475600545 188 attached to your email address, with serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers
15 . 18 . 21 . 31 . 36 . 47 (bonus no.46), this lucky number subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.

You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of ***£1,000000.00***(One Million Pounds Sterling) in cash
credited to file KTU/9023118308/03. £30,000000.00(Thirty Million Pounds Sterlin) shared amongst the first Six (6) lucky winners
in this category i.e. Match 5 plus bonus.

I have finally verified your winnings and it's exactly with what is present on our Database. Your particulars have been documented for record purposes.

You can now begin the final step of the claims process, which is the transferring of your cash prize to you.Please fill in the verification form provided below:

1.Full Name___________________________
2.Full Address_________________________
3.Marital Status_____________________
8.Country Of Residence______________
9.Telephone Number_______________
10.Fax Number______________________
11.Ticket Number___________________
12.Reference Number_______________
13.Batch Number____________________

In receipt of your claims processing form shall commerce the progress of your prize claims.

Congratulations Once Again From All Staff And Members Of THE UNITED KINGDOM NATIONAL LOTTERY PROGRAM.

Thank you for your understanding.

Mr. Ben Falls.

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