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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, 5 Jul 2008 14:32:37 +0200
Subject: Your email has won (Congratulations)

UK National Lottery

P O Box 1010

Liverpool, L70 1NL


(Customer Services)

Ref: UK/9420X2/68

Batch: 074/05/ZY369


We happily announce to you the draw (#1001) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY, Online
Sweepstakes International program held and was officially Announced your
e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545188 with Serial number
5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 10-12-13-17-31-37(bonus ball no.44), which
subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e.

Match 6.You has therefore been approved to claim a total sum of?
1,440,772(One million, four hundred and fourty thousand, seven hundred and
seventy two pounds starlings) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.

This is from a total cash prize of? 2,881,544 shared amongst the first Two
(2) jackpot lucky winners in this category i.e. match 6.All Participants for
the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through
computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations,
and corporate bodies that are listed online which are America, Africa, Asia,
Australia, Europe, Middle East, and Oceania.

This promotion takes place weekly. Please note that your lucky winning
number falls within our African booklet representative office as indicated
in your play coupon.

In view of this, You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 1440, 772(One
million, four hundred and fourty thousand, seven hundred and seventy two
pounds sterling) would be released to you By any of our payment offices in
Africa or Europe They will commence the process to facilitate the release of
your funds As soon as you contact them.

For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information
confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in
whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our
precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this
program. Please be warned. To file for your Claim, please contact our

Mr. Mark Newman


Tel:+44 703 185 7539
Fax:+44 700-6063034

For further clarification/verification of your claims, Please call any

Of the phone number of our Fiduciary agent stated in this notification
e-mail. You can go to our online result site to confirm the value of your
winnings and also get a prize breakdown.

Good luck and congratulation from all members of staff of the UK


Yours faithfully,


PHONE: +447031905578

Online coordinators for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY

Sweepstakes International Program


1.) FULL NAME: Lynee Delos Santos

2.) AGE: 32 yrs old

3.) SEX: Female

4.) ADDRESS: First Solid Compund, Paliparan 1, Dasmariñas, Cavite



7.) COUNTRY: Philippines

8.) PHONE: 09268033692

9.) FAX: (02) 6700-1232

10.) OCCUPATION/POSITION: Office Engineer

11.) COMPANY: Mabuhay Conglomerate Asphalt, Inc.

13.) TICKET NUMBER: 56475600545188

14.) SERIAL NUMBER: 5368/02

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