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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: "sales" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2010 00:58:31 +0800
Subject: Unclaimed Winnings:

Unclaimed Winnings:

In regards to the above subject, I, Barrister Barry White, Claims Supervisor for the
United Kingdom Lottery Board (UKLB) wish to notify you through this e-mail that your
case file has been re-opened.

You were selected as a winner in the UK INTERNATIONAL SWEEP STAKE, held on January
2008, but you never claimed the winnings due to reasons best known to you. With
direction from the New Regional Director of this great Lottery Organization, Your case
file has been re-opened to give you an opportunity to claim your winnings amounting to
£350,000 (Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Pounds) which was won by 04-18-22-27-44-48
33(BONUS) - Numbers from your email entry ticket.

Please Contact this office for further directives on how you can claim
this prize.

Claims Officer:Barrister Barry White
Tele: +44-7031949587

You are assured that you will get your winnings via swift wire transfer from the United
Kingdoms to your bank account in your country.

Hope to read from you as soon as possible.

Nathalie Adrover.

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