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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: Rtd Capt James Morgan <>
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 21:51:07 +0000
Subject: The National Memorial Arboretum Company Ltd

The National Memorial Arboretum Company Ltd
2009 National Lottery Award
Croxall Road, Alrewas,
Staffordshire DE13 7AR UK
Tel: 01283 79233

From The Desk of Promotions Manager
Int. Promotions/Prize Award Department
REF. NUMBER: 2009/3980/000374

Attn: Prize Winner,

We are pleased to inform you that you have been selected as one of our four (4) lucky winners in this year National Memorial Arboretum Lottery Award which has been extended to foreign beneficiaries.

The National Memorial Arboretum Lottery Award UK is mainly organized to encourage the families of lost Military Officers who have died during the course of service to the nation but in order to notify the world about the good will of this organization, we have extended our funding project to foreign participants who now have the opportunity to benefit from the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects to the sum of US$1,500,000 Million Dollars for each of the four (4) lucky winners.

You are advised to read The National Memorial Arboretum webpage for further understanding of the organization to avoid any form of doubt over this winning due to numerous lottery scams that prevalent around the world presently. ( )

You/Your company's email address, attached to ticket number 4278-8845-284, with serial number 211-358 drew the lucky numbers 56-39-99-20, and consequently won the lottery in International Winning Category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of $1,500,000.00 US Dollars. All participants email addresses were selected anonymously through a computer ballot system from over 35,000 companies and 70,000 individual e-mail addresses all over the world and your e-mail address emerged as the winner of the 4 selected email address. It is promoted and sponsored by Orient software corporation (Orient Networks) in collaboration with the National Memorial Arboretum Lottery Award.

To claim your winning prize, you must first contact the claims department by email or call for processing and remittance of your prize money to you. Your assigned claims Director contact is:

Lottery Claims Officer
Name: Rtd. Capt James R.Morgan
Direct Tel: +44-703-5966979
Fax: +44-1-283-792034

NB: You are to keep your Ref Number and Coupon Number from the public, until it has been processed and your money remitted to your personal account.

We hope with your prize you will be happy to promote the use of E-mail and the use of MS WORD.

Yours Truly,
Mrs.Edsilia Simon
International Relation Officer.
Registered Charity No: 1043992

© 2009 , The National Memorial Arboretum Company Ltd,All Rights Reserved .

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