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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 Lottery Organization" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2012 12:38:11 -0800
Subject: UK lotto US$4.6Million online e-mail address free-ticket winnings

58 Queensway Suite 161, London,
Ticket Free/Online E-Mail Winnings
Ref: RKJ88547234
Batch: XC632598gz
Lucky Serial: LKY85498234


If you are the correct owner of this email address then be glad this day as the result of the UK lottery online e-mail address free-ticket winning draws of 25th February 2012, held in Bangkok Thailand has just been released and we are glad to announce to you that your email address won you the sweeptakes in the first category and you are entitled to claim the sum of US$4.6Million, Your email address was entered for the online draw on this Free Ticket Numbers: UKL890712778512 and won on this Lucky Winning Numbers: 6 – 7 – 29 – 32 – 41 – 46 *49.

You are to contact Mr. Pirapong Watanaselarat on the below email address for quick delivery of your won cheque of US$4.6Millon. Note that all winners cheque are valid certified cashiers bank cheque and when deliver and received by you, you can cash it in your bank without any delay. To enable Mr. Pirapong Watanaselarat ascertain you as the rightful winner and receiver of the US$4.6Million valid certified cashiers bank cheque, MAKE SURE you include the below listed information in your contact mail to Mr. Pirapong Watanaselarat.

Your country of origin and country of residence/work, complete official names, amount won, free ticket and lucky numbers, date of draw, address where your wish to receive your valid certified cashiers bank cheque of US$4.6Million, contact telephone, Sex, Age and occupetion.

Mr. Pirapong Watanaselarat

Just incase you are thinking of how you won without entering, then know again that this very draw of the UK Lottery Organization in which you have emerged as a winner was a free ticket online email address draws where thousands of email addresses was collected from almost all world wide websites and used for the online draws/sweeptakes and during winners selection your email address came out among the first ten which won you the lottery in the first winnings category and entitles you to claim the valid certified cashiers bank cheque of US$4.6Million.

From: Mr. Henry Lambert.
Online Winning Notification,
UK Lottery Organization.

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