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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: "Dr. Michael Anderson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 11:34:28 -0700
UK National Lottery
Camelot UK Lotteries Limited
Tolpits Lane, Watford, Herts WD18 9RN

Lottery Ref. Number: LP/26510460037/07
Batch Number: 538901527-BB67

Dear Sir/Madam,


The UK National Lottery was launched in November 1994. And today marking another milestone in its journey of excellence. We have equally maintained a standard unrivaled in the industry as it concerns the pay out of winnings to successful lucky draw winners.

In line with the commemorating event of marking our 16th anniversary last November, we rolled out over ?3,000.000.00 (Three Million Great Britain Pounds) for our 16th Anniversary Draws. Participants for the draws were randomly selected and drawn from a wide range of web hosts which enjoy our patronage. The selection was made through a computer draw system attaching personalized email addresses to Ticket Numbers.

Your email address as indicated was drawn and attached to Serial Number:
ELNS/6370345224/07, Ticket Number: 004-05117963-198, and Drew Lucky Numbers: 05-07-11-12-13-27, which subsequently won you ?250,000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great Britain Pounds) as one of the 10 winners in this draw. You have therefore won the entire winning sum of ?250,000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great Britain Pounds). The draws registered as Draw number one was conducted in Watford, London - United Kingdom On the 17th of Augst 2011.

You are to contact Mr. George Paul who is your designated Fiduciary Agent who shall by duty guide you through the process to facilitate the release of your Winnings Funds. To file for your claim please contact your Fiduciary Agent using the contact details as thus:

Mr. George Paul
Fiduciary Agent
Tel: +44-7031744719
Email: You are advised to contact your fiduciary agent with the following details to avoid unnecessary delays and complications. Your Name (in Full), Country, Batch Number, Serial Number and Lucky Numbers as indicated in this winning Notification.

On behalf of all the members and staff of the UK National Lottery I congratulate you for being part of our commemorative 16th Anniversary Draws.


Dr. Michael Anderson
UK National Lottery Coordinator.

PLEASE NOTE! Any claim not made before Fourteen (14) working days from the date of notification will indicate that the winner has voluntarily forfeited his/her winnings.

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