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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: "BARCLAYS EURO LOTTERY PLC. LONDON" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <onlinebankingbarclays@ymail.com>
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2012 16:51:38 +0700
Subject: BARCLAYS EURO LOTTERY PLC. LONDON

BARCLAYS EURO LOTTERY PLC. LONDON,
Ticket number: WFD-6540089-GIL1
Lotto number: DMN/28123/10
Winning no: BULOTTO/2115/LPRC
Reference Number: PLV/MU/1601/2012
 
Dear sir / madam.
We are pleased to inform you that your email address won the lottery in 2012
 
BARCLAYS EURO LOTTERY PLC.LONDON online lottery and your email address was placed
 
on the second list as the winner in the second category.
 
All email addresses were attached to various ticket numbers and you have been
 
approved a lump sum of 1,000 000.00 ( ONE MILLION GREAT BRITISH POUNDS STERLING)
 
as the winner in this lottery which was carried out by Microsoft and supported by
 
the BARCLAYS EURO LOTTERY.
 
Your name and email address on your file is to be paid in our regional office in
 
United Kingdom; you must therefore contact our agent with your winning number that
 
is in the upper left corner of this message along with your winning number.
 
CONTACT OUR AGENT IN LONDON WITH DETAILS BELOW.
Contact: Mr. Bradley Monti.
E-mail: (bradmonti@yahoo.com)
Phone Number: +44 703 184 7664 to claim your prize.
 
KINDLY SEND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO YOUR CLAIM AGENT TO FACILITATE THE
 
RELEASE OF YOUR FUND.
FULL NAME:
SEX:
DATE OF BIRTH:
OCCUPATION:
CONTACT ADDRESS:
TELEPHONE NUMBER:
TELLE FAX:
MARITAL STATUS:
COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE:
E-MAIL ADDRESS:
 
Once your agent acknowledges receipt of this required detail, payment process
 
would commence immediately.
YOU ARE HEREBY ADVISED NOT TO DISCLOSE THE CONTENT OF THIS PRIZE AWARD UNTIL YOUR
 
MONEY HAVE BEEN REMITTED TO YOU TO AVOID DISQUALIFICATION THAT WILL ARISE FROM
 
DUAL CLAIM.
 
 
Congratulations!
 
Mrs. Lucia N. West
Lottery Coordinator.
 
 
1 Churchill Place,
London, E14 5HP, United Kingdom.
REGISTERED NO.1026167)
 
 

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