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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: james harris <>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 02:03:22 -0500

-- UK NATIONAL LOTTERYPROMOTIONS/ PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT.101 BOVILL ROADLONDON. SE23 1EL.Ref: EGS/2251256003/02Batch: 14/0017/1PDTicket Number: 56475600545 188Winning Serial Number A025-09-241-671 WINNING NOTIFICATION: The board of directors and entire member of staff of the National Lotterywishes to inform you of the result of the (Email Address Ballot) onlineSweepstakes international program held at the British Headquarter. Your email account have been picked as a winner of Six Hundred ThousandPoundsSterling (£600,000.00) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03. This isfroma total sum of Four Million, Two hundred Thousand Pounds Sterling (£4,200,000.00) shared amongst seven winners. This results is now released toyouon 28th September 2008 and your email address attached to ticket number:56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers 01 - 08-22 -28 - 35 -44 and bonus ball --19-- in the Lotto. For further information, kindly confirm receipt of this email, by forwardingYour Details as states below to our claims department E-mail:mr.anderson.spencer1001@hotmail.comBe advice to keep your winning information confidential until your claimshavebeen processed. For the release of your winning, kindly contact your claimssupervisory officer at the British Lottery Head Quarters, Payment ReleaseOrderDepartment.**************************************************Contact Agent: Mr. Anderson SpencerForeign Services Directorate,Pacifico Sistemas Informáticos GmbH & Co.E-mail: britishawardpromo01@googlemail.comPhone: +44 70457 98647+44 70457 98638Fax: +44-709-289-7104**************************************************INFORMATION REQUESTED:1. Full Name:..2. Address:..3. Age:..4. Date of Birth:..5. Nationality:..6. Occupation:..7. Phone:... Fax:...8. Country:..9. Any Identification.10: E-mail:... Upon reciept of the duly requested data, I will send you the contactinformation of the payment office so you can proceed with effect of yourclaimto be release to you immediately. Congratulations from the entire member of staff and thank you for being partofour email account users program. Yours Sincerely, Mr. Niklas Flippo (Rev.)Executive (International Sweepstakes).NOTE: You are to contact your claims officer immediately by email to confirmyour winnings.
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