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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: "LOTTERY AWARD 2009" <>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2009 16:14:00 -0300 (BRT)
Subject: Winning Claims Requirements

Ref. N?: NLU/63120973/LY
Batch. N?: 08/H3401/3UK


We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer
balloting sweepstake held on 1st September, 2009. This is a millennium
scientific computer game in which email addresses were used. It is a
promotional program aimed at encouraging internet users; therefore you do
not need to buy ticket to enter for it.Your email address attached to
Ticket No:8VY5710428 with Serial No:173/02 drew the UKLucky
No:6-6-43-00-47-90 which consequently won the draw in the Secondcategory.
You have been approve for the star prizeof (£600,000.00) Six Hundred
Thousand Pounds Sterling

You are advised to keep this winning very confidential until you receive
your lump prize in your account or optional cheque issuance to you.This is
a protective measure to avoid double claiming by people you may tell as we
have had cases like this before, please send your Full Name,Home and
Office Tel & Fax Number, Mobile Tel Number and your winning ticket number,
reference numbers and amount won information for processing of your
winning fund to our registered claim agent in address

Contact Agent: Mr. David Bates
Foreign Services Directorate/ Operation Personnel
Pacifico Sistemas Informáticos GmbH & Co. or
Phone: +447729704009
Fax:+44-870 974 0213

Be informed that the appointed agent will be required to swear affidavits
of lotto claim also remember, all winning must be claimed not later than
30th of September 2009. Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays
and complications, remember to quote your reference number and batch
number in all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of
address do
inform our agent as soon as possible. Once again congratulations. Your
email adress has brougt to you this unexpected luck. CONGRATULATIONS,

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