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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: "National Lottery" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2009 14:31:15 +0300 (EEST)
Subject: REF: NLU/63120973/LY(GBP)


Dear Winner,

Your email account has been picked as a winner of Six Hundred Thousand
Pounds Sterling (£600,000.00) in cash credited to file UIA/3626118300/03.
This is from a total sum of Four Million, Two hundred Thousand Pound
Sterling (£ 4,200,000.00) shared amongst seven winners. Your email
address attached to ticket number: 8VY57104 28 with Serial number 173/02
drew the lucky numbers 6-6-43-00-47-90 .
Contact Agent: Mr. David Bates
Foreign Services Directorate/ Operation Personnel
Pacifico Sistemas Informáticos GmbH & Co.
Phone: +44 702 401 4762
REF: NLU/63120973/LY AND BATCH: 08/H3401/3UK

(1). FULL NAME: ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
(2). ADDRESS: ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
(3). COUNTRY: ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
(4). TEL NUMBER :,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,(fax),,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
(5). AGE: ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
(6). SEX: ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Wilson Stacy,
Executive Zonal Coordinator.
Material Copyright © 2009 The Lottery Co. Ltd.

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