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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: "United Kingdom National Lottery Online Promotion" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 00:34:51 -0800
Subject: [Announcement] You're our lucky winner.? Email:

United Kingdom National Lottery
9 - 10 Great Sutton Street, London,
EC1V 0NB, United Kingdom.

Ref #: UKNL/80612575115/02

Congratulations, 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.

For detailed information on program, your selection and how to file your claim, kindly contact our Foreign Service Directorate, where the complete verification and payout will be, to file your claim immediately please include the following information:

1. Name in full------------------------------------------
2. Phone/Fax-------------------------------------------
3. Occupation------------------------------------------
4. Address in full--------------------------------------
5. Nationality-------------------------------------------
6. Email Address---------------------------------------


Contact Person: John Mark
European Payment Issuing Office
Tel: +44 704 579 8638 (8am - 5pm GMT)
+44 - 702 401 2967
Fax: +447092894160

Note: You are to choose the Mode of Payment you prefer from the two (2) below:

Option (1) Via Courier Delivery

Option (2) Via Bank Wire Transfer

Please include this File Ref#: UKNL/80612575115/02 in every of your correspondence with our Foreign Service Director John Mark.

Sincerely Yours,
Mrs. Stacy Sullivan Martinez,
Executive Director.
United Kingdom National Lottery.

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