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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 International Lottery" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 7 May 2012 20:25:14 +0100
Subject: UKL/2012/033433

Dear Winner,

Congratulation to you, the UK International Lottery in collaboration with
the British Government and the World gaming Board have brought to you this
great opportunity as a result of the Promotion held 2012 since then we have
been trying to contact you. Power by UK International Lottery Website:

We happily inform you that from the UK International Lottery Award 2012 held
by Lottery Board in London, United Kingdom, your email address attach to be
Winning Lucky Number: UKL/2012/033433 of the first set of winners. All email
address winner was announce LIVE in CNN and BBC news.

All participants who were selected from the World Wide Web of over 2,000,000
email user. So your email is your online ticket that qualifies you for this
draw. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 550,000 GBP.
(Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds), all you need to do
now is contact the NIC International Courier & Logistics Company for
information on how to claim your prize.

You are to contact NIC International Courier & Logistics Company sending
them the bellow information:

Company Name: NIC International Courier & Logistics Company.
Contact Name: Augustine Jude.
Email: <>
Tell: +447024013843

Full Name:

NOTE: Winner is to keep is winning confidential to avoid fraudulent claim.
Contact the NIC International Courier & Logistics Company now by email :
<> and
call them to let them know that you have sent them email.

Mr. Peter Wilson.
Promotion Announcer.

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