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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: <>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2008 20:08:46 +0000
Subject: Batch: 074/05/ZY369 Ref: UK/9420X2/68

The National Lottery,
P O Box 1010,
L70 1NL Liverpool,
(Customer Services)
Batch: 074/05/ZY369
Ref: UK/9420X2/68


We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer
balloting held on the 22nd September 2008. This is a Scientific Computer
Game in which email addresses were used. It is a promotional program
aimed at encouraging internet users; Meaning, you do not need to buy
ticket to enter for it.our e-mail address attached to ticket
number:56475600545 188, with Serial number 5368/02, drew the
lucky numbers:02-05-13-30-39-49-03(bonus no.), which subsequently
won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.ematch 5 plus bonus.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of
2,000,000 (Two million pounds sterling)
in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03

This is from a total cash prize of 8,000,000 shared amongst the
first four (4) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 5 plus
bonus.All participants were selected through a computer balloting system
drawn from Eight hundred thousand E-mail addresses from Canada,
Australia, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and
Oceania as part of our international promotions program which is
conducted annually. This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a
conglomerate of some multinational companies to promote the use
of internet around the world. This promotion takes place periodically.

Please note that your Original Certificate and your Certified bank
cheque has been forwarded to the courier company.
Find below the details of the courier company.


NAME:MR MICHAEL RICHESON (dispatch officer)

Tel: +447035937256
Tel: +447023014877
Fax: +448700685766

You are advised to send the courier company a mail to their email
address for their courier cost.When contacting them,you are to
include your order number as your subject.


Note: you are to furnished the courier company with the following
details so that they can honour your letter.

1.Full Names:
2.Contact Address:
5.Marital Status:
7.Email Address:
8.Telephone Number:
9.Ref Number:
10.Batch Number:
12.Order Number:

We advice all winners to keep this information confidential from
the public until your claim is processed and your prize delivered
to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double
claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this programme by
non-participant or unofficial personnel.

Once again congratulations...

Warm regards,

Timothy Peters
Claims Agent,
UK National Lottery
Sweepstakes International Program.

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