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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: "6diceuk113" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 09:03:52 +0200

30 Leicester Square City,
London WC2H

Dear Winner,

We are pleased to announce you as one of the 3 lucky winners in the 6 DICE
LOTTERY UK draw held on 14th of June 2008. All 3 winning addresses were
randomly selected from a batch of 5,000,000 international emails. Your email
address emerged alongside 2 others as a 3rd category winner in this month's

Consequently,you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of
£2,000,000 Pounds (Two million pounds) only. The following particulars are
attached to your lotto payment order:

(i) Winning numbers: 6,21,10,41,27,19
(ii) Serial number:3-21-5
(iii) Lotto batch number: SDL-371
(iv) Reference number: OFS-358-2

Please contact the under listed claims officer as soon as possible for the
immediate release of your winnings:

John Edwards
Claims Department Manager
Olivet Financial Services<>
Tel:+44 70457 12473
Tel:+44 70457 51687
Fax:+44 70060 70846
Fax:+44 70059 47103

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your Winning
information confidential until your claim have been processed. This is part
of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of
this program by some participant.

Once again on behalf of all our staff, CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Peter Dickson
Promotions Manager

1.All claims are nullified after 10 working days from today.
2.Your Ref number must be in all your mails with the claims officer.
3.Do inform the claims officer of any change of names or addresses.
4.All winners under the age of 18 are automatically disqualified.
5.Please contact your claims agent by fax or email (John Edwards).

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