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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: "NOKIA MOBILE UK" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:22:51 +0430
Subject: Qualification Alert

Nokia Inc. 2 Queen Anne's
Gate London SW1H 9AA
United Kingdom.


The Board of Directors, members of staff of the NOKIA MOBILE UK Company in conjuction with The Olympic world wide partners (TOP) Programme for the London 2012 Olympic Games, wishes to congratulate you on your successfull emerger as one of the 1st STAR PRIZE WINNER in this year NOKIA MOBILE UK International lottery winners Promotion (LWP) held in 2012 in Berkshire.
conducted in London Being the official patners of the olympic and paralympic games in London 2012.

Confirmation of e-ticket NO: 9325406020
Dear Lucky Winner,
We write to inform you of the result of the programme held in 2012 in London. Your e-mail address attached to e-ticket number: 9325406020 drew a prize of of £1,000,000.00
GBP.{One Million Great Britain Pounds}

This lucky draw came first in the 2nd Category of the program . You will receive the sum of of £1,000,000.00 GBP.{One Million Great Britain Pounds} from our authorized bank. Because of some mix-up with prizes, including the time limitation placed on the payment of your prize; we advice that you keep all information about this prize confidential until your prize/funds have been paid to you by our bank.
You must adhere to this instruction strictly, to avoid any delay with the release of your prize to you in person. This program has been abused severely in the past, so we are doing our best to eliminate further occurrence of false claims. This programme was conducted under the watchful eyes of 8000 systems spectators. Your e-mail address was selected and came out first by an e-ballot drawn from 60000 e-mail addresses (personal and corporate e-mail addresses).

This program is funded by the NOKIA MOBILE UK Lottery in conjunction with The Olympic world wide partners (TOP) Programme for the London 2012 Olympic Games. To file for your claim and in order to avoid unnecessary delays, please contact our London fiduciary official agent claim agent. Please note that your winning prize must be claimed not later than 14 working days.
You are to forward the following information/details to our London official fiduciary agent for the processing of your claim/payment.

Dr van Ettan

Phone: +447035945431

E -mail :

1. Your Name(s)
2. E-ticket Number: 661206020
3. Prize Lucky Number: 5003214870
4. Reference Number: EU 321-8907-44
5. Batch Number: 71829186/512


Francis lemme

Assistant Promotion Coordinator.
Note: In accordance to the programme Lottery policy and regulations, this message is dispatched directly to the recipient only. If you are not the rightful owner of this email address or feel that you have received this message by error, we advice you destroy this copy as you are not authorized to read, print, retain or disseminate any part of it for any reason.

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