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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 NATIONAL LOTTERY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2011 17:55:59 +0100

We wish to inform you that your email address attached to ticket
number:023-0148-790-459 with Serial number 5368/05 drew the lucky
number:02,05,09,16,28,34 and we write to congratulate you as your email
address has won you (£750,600 Pounds sterling) in the recently conducted
software email lottery by UK NATIONAL LOTTERY©.

To claim your award,you are to contact the officer incharge at the PAYMENT CENTRE DESK
with the following information:Your FullName,Address,Age,Fax,Telephone for the release of your prize to you.

Contact Information:
Mr.Kenneth Gray (Payment Officer)
TEL:+44 702-403-9034

Congratulations once again.

Mrs.Cecilia Kurt
Online Cordinator.
Open 7days-24hrs-365days a year.

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