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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 5 Jul 2009 16:18:51 +0100

United Kingdom National Lottery
101 Bovill Road, London
SE23 1EL United Kingdom

Ref #: EGS/2251256003/02

Congratulations, we are pleased to inform you of the result of the United Kingdom National Lottery. Your email address have been randomly selected as a beneficiary of £600,000.00 GBP in the just concluded United Kingdom National Lottery Online program, the draw was held on 4th July, 2009 using a computerized balloting system of selection, we are however sorry for the delay in contacting you. The United Kingdom National Lottery is aimed and focused at global development and improvement of living standard across the world.

Free £77 Million Pounds shared including *four* Ten Million Pounds beneficiaries, and *fourteen* Millionaires plus thousands of other cash prizes. With several other beneficiaries from all over the world, India, France, Singapore, USA, United Kingdom, Spain, South America, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Africa, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland and many more.

We wish to express our sincere apologies for the late notification, this free award online program is been conducted bi-quarterly the United Kingdom National Lottery, this draw was conducted at the European Issuing Centre, you were selected from an exclusive list of 1,000,000,000 e-mail addresses of internet users from the following categories; consumers, professionals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer ballot search from the internet 'NO TICKETS OR DRAFTS WERE SOLD'.

Your email address attached to Security Ref #: EGS/2251256003/02 with Serial number No: 002839 emerged as a beneficiary of Six Hundred Thousand Pounds (£600.000.00 GBP), therefore you are eligible to file claim for your as one of our lucky beneficiaries for the payout of your total sum after a thorough verification that will be conducted by our various credible financial institutions.

This online program is precisely aimed at enhancing global support for development across the world, your email address falls within the First Category as such your file has been designated to Foreign Service Directorate, where the complete verification and payout will be conducted only if there are no exceptions during the claims process, to file your claim immediately please contact our Foreign Service Director Anderson Spencer with the following information:

1. Name in full-----------------------------------------
2. Full address-----------------------------------------
3. Phone/Fax-------------------------------------------
4. Occupation------------------------------------------

Contact Agent: Mr. Anderson Spencer
Foreign Services Directorate,
Pacifico Sistemas Informáticos GmbH & Co.
Phone: +44 702 406 5192 (8am - 5pm GMT)
+44 704 579 8638
Fax: +44-870 974 3683

NOTE: In order to benefit from this program, you are advised in your own best interest to file your claim not later than 7days days from the date of this notification to avoid disqualification; anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.

Please include this Ref #: EGS/2251256003/02 in every of your correspondence with our Foreign Service Director Anderson Spencer.

IMPORTANT: Solemn confidentiality should be ensured until successful remittance of your prize to you to avoid undue taking of advantage, unwarranted claim and abuse of program, any breach of confidentiality on the part of the beneficiary will result to automatic disqualification.

Sincerely Yours,

Mrs. Julie Van Hans,
Executive Director.
United Kingdom National Lottery.

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