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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: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 17:09:32 -0500

Lottery Headquarters:
Customer Service
28 Shefield ROAD,
Ref: BTL/491OXI/04
Batch: 12/25/0304


We happily announce to you the draw (#471) of the UK NATIONAL
LOTTERY,online Sweepstakes International program held on 1st

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 with Serial
number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 05 21 23 28 40 48 26(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 £850,000
Hundred And Fifty thousand pounds sterling) in cash credited to file
KTU/9023118308/03.This is from a total cash prize of #10,000,000 shared
amongst the first four (4) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 5
plus bonus.

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
This promotion takes place weekly until the end of the

Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European
booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play
coupon.(5647560054) In view of this, your £850,000 (Eight Hundred And
Fifty thousand pounds sterling) would be released to you by any of our
payment offices in Europe.

To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent and Provide
him with the information below:

3.Marital Status:
8.Country Of Residence:
9.Telephone Number:
10.Fax Number:
11.Draw Number above:

Mr. Emmanuel Loiseau
Phone Number:+447045708285

Zonal Co-Ordinator
(Teala Daniels-Cabral)

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