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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 Incorporated." <>
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2012 13:13:54 +0300 (EEST)
Subject: Congratulations winner:

UK Lottery Incorporation®.
Belgrave House,
176 Buckingham Palace Road,
London SW1W 9TQ,
United Kingdom.

26th April 2012

Dear e-mail Owner,

Award Reference code#: UK47L/2508/56D/01


This email is to inform you that, you have won

£850,000.00 GBP from UK NationalLottery powerball draws

and the UK National Lottery ancillary services promo

draws held on friday, 25th of April, 2012 in London,

United Kingdom. To file for claim,

do contact our claims agent via e-mail as given below;

Agent: Dr. John Haris.

Please provide the below information for us to facilitate

your claim:

1. Full Names: ___________ 2. Marital Status: __________
3. Sex: _____________ 4.Age: ___________
5. Occupation: _________ 6. Full Address: __________
7. Nationality: ______________ 8. Country of Residence:

9. Tel Number: _________ 10. Mobile: ____________
11. Winning Email:__________ 12. Verification


Yours faithfully,
Dr. John Haris
Online Coordinator

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