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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 UNITED" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 15:42:57 +0200
Subject: You have won in the 1st category (Draw No. 319).

Attn: Euro Millions Draw Notifications!!

You won in the 1st category (Draw No. 319). You have been approved to claim the
winning sum of £1,780,500(One million, seven hundred and eighty thousand, five
hundred pounds sterling) in cash as the final winner.

The Owner of this email address should fill out the form and then send it to your
claims agent. Your Name:_______,Your Address:_____Your Country:_____,
Your Occupation:____,Won Amount_____,Sex____,Your Mobile Number:____,

Name Of Officer: Dr.Michael Lexington
Website :(
Agent Phone: 44 703 192 8964
Agent Fax: 447092876466

Good luck and congratulations from all our staff.

Yours faithfully,
Queensley Smith.
Online Director National Lottery UK

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