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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: UK National Lottery <>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2009 13:23:05 -0700

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, 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.\'NO TICKETS OR DRAFTS WERE SOLD\'.
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,.
Phone: +44 702 406 5192 (8am - 5pm GMT)
Fax: +44-870 974 3683

Sincerely Yours,

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

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