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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: "LOTTERY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 23:46:19 +0200
Subject: Online coordinator.UK LONDON OLYMPIC LOTTERY.

Liverpool L70 1NL. United Kingdom (Customer service) NOTIFICATION DESK

Attention: Email Account Holder,

Congratulations!! Congratulations!!

We happily announce to you the draw (#1398) of the LONDON OLYMPIC LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes promotion held in London 20th of June 2012.Your active e-mail address attached to the World Wide Web computer generated ticket number: B55607545 4133 with reference number UK/JA2CT-110P/08 and Serial number ZA5365/3 ,Batch number XA87-2PY,drew the lucky numbers: 01-05-09-27-42-45 Bonus 21

This subsequently won you the lottery in the 1st category i.e. matches 6 lucky numbers Plus.

You have therefore been allocated to claim a total sum of £1,316,462.00 (One Million, Three Hundred and Sixteen Thousand, Four Hundred and Sixty Two British Pounds) in cash is credited to file UKPC/9080144308/07. This is from a total cash prize of £14,374,330 Shared amongst the 722,219 with (3) lucky winners in "1st" category.

All World Wide Web valid email addresses used/participants for the online email version were selected randomly via computer

balloting from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies affiliated to the National Lottery and are listed online. This Online promotion takes place via virtual ticket Bi-annually.

Contact our Fiduciary agents immediately to commence release of your lottery prize.and provide him with the following details;

1.Your Ticket Number:
2,Your Reference Number
3,Serial Number
4,Batch Number
5,Drew The Lucky Numbers
6,Your Full Name;
7,,Residential/Office Adress
12,Amount won.
UK Lottery Fiduciary Agents: Mr. Aaron Jude
Tel : +44 203 286 4764
Foreign Service Manager
Watford Regional Centre
Tolpits Lane, Watford WD18 9RN .United Kingdom

Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Elizabeth Edwards Smith.

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