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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: "BURNLEY LOTTERY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 2 May 2010 17:30:03 -0500


We are pleased to inform you of the announcement of winners on
the 30th of April 2010, of the BURNLEY PROMO LOTTERY, AN ASIA/EUROPE

Your email address, is attached to ticket number 03 07 13 23 12 14 21,
with serial number 1582-812 drew the lucky numbers 07-06-10-11-BR-ZE,
and consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category. You have therefore
been approved for a lumpsum payment of US$5,500,000.00 (Five Million Five
Hundred Thousand Dollars only), credited to file REFERENCE NO: 544/818/223
and BATCH NO: 645252868-JJ98.

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
a collation of frequent internet users from all over the world from Australia,
New Zealand, United States of America, Europe, North America and Asia as part
of the International Promotions Program, which is conducted bi-annually.
No tickets were sold.


Please be informed that your winnings of the sum of US$5,500,000.00
has been zoned to the European Processing Office. Due to mix up of
some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award confidential
from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money
remitted to your account. This is part of our security protocol to avoid
double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program.
We hope with a part of you prize, you will participate in our end of year
high stakes US$1.3 billion International Lottery.

To begin your claim, please contact your claims agent: MR. JOHN CARTER
via this email address (, for due processing
and remittance of your prize money.

Send an email with your Reference Number 544/818/223 and Batch number

Remember all prize money must be claimed not later than the 24th of May 2010.
After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to
quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences
with your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do
inform your claims agent as soon as possible. Congratulations from all our staff
and thank you for being part of our promotions program.

Mrs. Haru Kei
(Online Promotion Coordinator).

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