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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: "UK GAMBLING COMMISSION" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2010 01:56:33 -0800
Subject: Batch: 22/523009/LHIN

Batch: 22/523009/LHINT

We wish to inform you of the lottery draws held on the 13th JUNE 2010 to declare the winners of the UK GAMBLING COMMISSION. This lottery scheme was created to bring awareness to the world, being that United
Kingdom is hosting the next Olympics in 2012.

Yourself was attached to Ticket number 356-00098-3211-222, with Serial number 818-09 the draw lucky numbers 67-99-777963, and consequently won the lottery through a computer ballot system and your email address was gotten through United Kingdom Information Network Online(U.K.I.N.O) which is affiliated with the internet.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout in cash credited to file REF NO: .This is from total prize money of £20,000,000.00(Twenty Million Pounds Sterling) shared among the ten international winners in this category.

1. Full Name.. 2. Address....3. Country....4. Telephone Number.... 5. OCCUPATION & AGE:...6. REFERENCE NUMBER:...7. BATCH NUMBER: ......

Rev. Tom Jones
CPA On-line Ltd.
CPA House,London W6 0RX, (registered no.2096020)
Claims Verification Department.
Tel: +447024085571
Fax: +44 700 592 1646

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