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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: "Sarah Freeman" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2010 13:32:48 -0800
Subject: 2010 Winners Notification!!!

(Registration MLI8490-7642).

Ref: 639/898/002
Batch: 430456543-DD23

We happily announce to you the draw of Winners in the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY programs , Your email address attached to ticket number
:3456 with serial number :7576/06 drew the lucky number 4-2-274, which subsequently won you the lottery in the first category.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of (1,000,000,00 Million Great British pounds sterling) in cash credited to file wlp/23456/05. This is from a total cash prize of 30,000,000 Million Great British pounds sterling,shared amongst the first thirty (30) lucky winners in this category. In view of this,your (1,000,000,00 Million Great British pounds sterling ) would be released to you by our redemption centers in United Kingdom.

All participants were selected randomly from World wide Website through computer ballot system extracted from over 1,000,000 companies and individuals.

This promotion takes place annually , For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be warned.

To file your claims, please contact our agent:

Mr Edward Reyes.
Universal Trust Inc.
Tel: +44 704-578-6054
Fax: +44 700-593-8726

Note that all winning must be claimed not later than 10days of receiving this notification. After this date all unclaimed, funds will be included
in the next stake.

To avoid unnecessary delay and complications, Please quote your reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with us or our designated agent.

Congratulations once more from our members and staffs and thank you for being part of our promotional program.

Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.

Mrs Sarah Freeman,
Public Relations Officer
Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification.
This E-mail message (including attachments, if any) is intended for the use of the individual or entity to
which it is addressed and may contain Information that is privileged, proprietary, confidential and exempted
from disclosure , If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this
communication is strictly prohibited.

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