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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: "BANK OF ENGLAND" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2010 07:33:09 +0100



We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made on FEBRUARY 05, 2010 of winners of the BANK OF ENGLAND PROMOTIONS.As part of our promotional draws,participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all parts of the world as part of our electronic
business Promotions Program.

Note that you/your email address qualified for the draw as a result of your visiting various websites we are running the e-business promotions for You/your company email address,attached to ticket number 230-365-3071 with serial number 710-43 drew the lucky numbers 8, 5, 6, 24, 19, 34 and Bonus number 51 and consequently you won in the second category of the BANK OF ENGLAND LOTTO DRAW.

Your Winning Ticket Number: 230-365-3071
Your Serial Number: 710-43
Your lucky draw Numbers are: 8, 5, 6, 24, 19, 34 Bonus Number 51
Your INSURANCE Number: FLD718/470D/GMSA
You have therefore been approved for the payment of the sum of £485,000 in ATM card, which is the winning amount for the Second category winners. This is from the total prize money of £12,450,000.00 shared among the international winners in the Second category.

As you may know, we have arranged your payment through our SWIFT ATM CARD PAYMENT CENTRE in Europe, America and Asia Pacific.

This card centre will send you an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw your money in an ATM MACHINE in any part of the world, but the maximum is £1000 per transaction. Also be informed that the total amount in the SWIFT ATM CARD is £485,000.00

(1) Your Full Name:
(2) Your Address:
(3) Phone And Fax Number:
(4) Age and Occupation:
(5) Your Nearest International Air Port in your City of residence:
(6) Country:

To begin your claim, please contact your claims agent immediately.

Mr Steve Barton
Senior Manager, Payment services
+44 702 406 4847
Bank of England

For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize released to you.This is part of our security protocol to avoid dual claiming and unwarranted taking advantage by non-participants or unofficial personnel.

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your insurance and ticket numbers and other information provided above and below in every one of your correspondences with your claims agent.

Congratulations! once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions

Thanks for your co-operation.

Best Regards,

Mrs. Sarah Gates
Senior Remittance Manager
Bank of England

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