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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:

Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 08:43:11 -0400
Subject: Acknowledge the receipt of your selected lottery winnings amount


Having concluded a recent lotto special programme, your email address was
amongst the specially selected, hence in the LOTTO HOTPICKS file category,
with special winnings numbers 11,13,21,33,36,47 you are to receive a cash
sum of £4,500,000.00 (Four Million Five Hundred Thousand Great Britain
Pounds Only).

All participants for the online version were selected randomly from the
World Wide Web through a computer draw system and extracted from over
50,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online.

To commence processing of your winnings, you MUST FORWARD a copy of this
notification to our processing director via contact information below;

MR. William Thomson,
Processing Director,
Special Programme Department,
Tel: +44 7031-919-160
Fax: +44 7006-070-965

Congratulations once again from me, and entire members of staff of the THE
NATIONAL LOTTERY (TNL) and it is our hope that you participate in any of
our international programs in the nearest future.
Thank you.

Yours faithfully,
Miss Felicia Clarke,
Special Programme Coordinator,
Special Programme Department,

The information contained in this communication is intended solely for the
use of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed and others
authorized to receive it, as it may contain confidential or legally
privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient you are
hereby notified that any disclosure, unauthorized use, copying,
distribution or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this
information is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. If you have
received this communication in error, please notify us immediately by
responding to this email and then delete it from your system. THE NATIONAL
LOTTERY (TNL) is neither liable for the proper and complete transmission
of the information contained in this communication nor for any delay in
its receipt.

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