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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: Dave Mark <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 07:00:29 +0100 (BST)
Subject: CLAIMS OPTIONS : Registration no (245690)

Head Office:3rd Floor, 6-8 Royal Cresent London,EC1M 8QL United Kingdom

REG NO: 245690)


This is to inform you that you have been officially cleared for payment by the Verifications Dept. at the headquarters of the UK National Lottery. The original copy of this certificate from the British government stating that the money was obtained legally through their National Lotto will be sent to you and the bank as soon as you meet with any of the option selected and your winnings will be couriered or transferred to you immediately.You can now begin the final step of the claims process, which is the transferring of your cash prize to you. With regards to this, there are two options open to you, you are required to select the most convenient of the two.

The options, together with their associated conditions are presented below:


Courier of your winning draft to you via any of this channel listed below:

EXCEL COURIER (2 working days)
Mailing £150.00 00.00 Insurance £350.00 00.00 Vat (5%) £110.00 00.00 TOTAL £610.00 00.00

EXCEL COURIER (3 working days)
Mailing £150.00 00.00 Insurance £300.00 00.00 Vat (5%) £110.00 00.00 TOTAL £560.00 00.00

EXCEL COURIER (5 working days)

Mailing £150.00 00.00 Insurance £250.00 00.00 Vat (5%) £110.00 00.00 TOTAL £510.00 00.00

The insurance company declined reverse payment for the courier, stating that it is against their professional policy towards ensuring the safe delivery of the draft to you. That if a reverse payment is made, and something goes wrong, that we/you cannot sue the courier company or insurance company to recover the full value of t he fund as stipulated in the draft since payment for insurance cover was not made at point of mailing.With the above reason, reverse payment is ruled out.Forward the cost of mailing your draft with any of the courier channel cost you choose above to us.

Condition: The cost of COT (commission of transfer) being charged by our transfering bank, which is (£1,200 ) of the cash being transferred will be paid by you(winner) which shall also be credited to your winning prize and it also refundable.

Note: That your prize is protected by a hardcover insurance policy by which makes it impossible to deduct any amount from the money before it has been remitted to you. This means that the above charges cannot be deducted from the prize and hence must be provided by you first before your prize is transferred to you.Please respond to this email by making a selection from the two options above. Also attach a scanned copy of either your driver's licence, international passport (photo page) or any other legally identifying document.Also be reminded that the deadline for the claiming of winnings is exactly two weeks after the receipt of this email. After this period, your cash prize will be deemed to have been forfeited by you and will be reused in the drawings of the next edition of the lottery.Good luck and Congratulations once again. Please send your response within the next 24hrs to this same email address.

Best Regard

(dispatch officer)

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