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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: "Rose Hughes" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2013 19:11:54 +0530

Dear Beneficiary,


This is to officially inform you that British Prime Minister in conjunction with U.S.A Government under President Barrack Obama, World Bank, European Union (EU) and the United Nations Organization do hereby release your irrevocable approval winning payment ORDER with a Release Code: (APP/US725/EU/UN276/13) in your favor for your award winning payment with the UNITED NATIONS to be wired directly to your nominated bank account. Now your payment Approval No.: UN5685P/EU, White House of America Approved No.: WHA44CV12, Reference No.: 35460021, Allocation No.: 674632, Password No.: 339331, Pin Code No.: 55674 and your Certificate of Merit Payment No.: 103, Released Code No.: 0763, Immediate Lloyds TSB Bank Telex confirmation No.: 1114433, Secret Code No.: XXTN013, Having received these vital payment numbers, therefore you are qualified to receive and confirm your payment with the United Nations immediately within the next 72hrs.

Kindly contact the Lloyds TSB Bank, United Kingdom with your UN Approval Code Number: (APP/US725/EU/UN276/13) using the approval code as your subject for immediate Transfer of your UNITED NATIONS approval payment amounted £350,000.00 (Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds Only) into your designated local Bank account in your country. Send your data to:-

Lloyds TSB Bank, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Mr. Kelvin Brown
Contact Email:
Tel:+447010065837, +447010065849, +447010065868
Fax: +447010065841

1) Your Full Name:
2) Address, City, State And Country.
3) Phone, Fax & Mobile
4) Company Name (If Any) Position & Address
5) Your Full Banking Details
6) Profession, Age & Marital Status
7) Copy of Your Int'l Passport/Drivers License

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Rose Hughes Chairman Committee on Foreign Award Winning Payment

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