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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: British National Pacific Lottery Corporation <david@empresa.local>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 21:03:03 +0100
Subject: Dear Lucky Winner

British National Pacific Lottery Corporation
2nd Floor Chiltern House,
St Nicholas CourtNottingham NG1 7AR,
United Kingdom.

Dear Lucky Winner,

We happily announce to you the result of the British Pacific Lottery draws held on December 23rd 2011, Lotto 6/49 in Essex, United Kingdom. All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draws system and extracted from over 10, 000.00 companies and personal e-mail addresses. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: B9524 7560 with serial number 046530 drew the winning numbers 1 7 14 4 17 27 Bonus 40. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of GBP £ 1, 000, 000.00 (ONE MILLION GREAT BRITISH POUNDS STERLING) in cash credited to file EAAL/9090118308/08. To file for your claim, please contact our corresponding claim agent immediately you read this message for quick and urgent release of your fund. Contact information is as follow:

Mr. Robert Doran
Tel: +44 703 1897993

Here are the informations needed for you to fill out:

1.Full Name:...
2.Full Address:...
9.Country Of Residence...

Due to possible mix up of some numbers and email contacts, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by some participants of this program.

Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this promotional lottery program.

Yours Sincerely,
Mr. John Patrick

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