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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2008 01:43:15 -0800
Subject: Please make contact with the courier
company( your claims.Send your details to

Chequers Square, Uxbridge,
Middlesex UB8 1LN
United Kingdom.
Customer Service/Claims Department
(24 HOURS)
Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369

ATTN:Prize Winner,

I want to inform you that your verification details have been received and has been processed. I must say that you should count yourself extremely lucky to have emerged as one of our lucky
winners in the UK National Lottery Online Sweepstakes International Program.

As you already know, all participants for the online version were selected randomly from the World Wide Web through a computer draw system and extracted from over 1,000,000 unions,associations and corporate bodies that are listed online and each email address was attatched to a ticket number. Your email address attatched to ticket number: 56475600545188 with Serial number 5368/02 was selected which automatically makes you one of our lucky winners.

Your funds have been approved for release and we will begin the process of remittance of your prize money to you immediately. I have contacted the UK National Lottery Advisory Board and The
Internal Revenue Board on this matter and we have decided to send your winning parcel which contains your certified bank cheque, original copies of your winning certificate, consolation prizes which include a Dell Inspiron 6400 Laptop, a UK Lottery Branded T-shirt, a UK Lottery Branded Baseball cap and security Documents via a secured and efficient courier service.

We have also contacted our affiliate Courier Company FASTWAY COURIERS DELIVERIES and have directed them to pick up your winning parcel from the National Head Quaters.

Please forward your Name,your full details and Batch number to The Head of Deliveries,FASTWAY COURIERS DELIVERIES and he will get to you as soon as your winning parcel is ready for delivery.

Dr Howard Jackson
Head of Delivery Unit.
FASTWAY Couriers Deliveries.
Tel: +44(7) 0457 45375
(24 HOURS)

Do not hesitate to contact this office via telephone or email if the need arises.Congratulations once again.

Darren Lloyds
Claims Department
The UKNL Foundation

For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim 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 !!!

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