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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 LOTTERY ORGANIZATION." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 20:41:29 +0700
Subject: This message is respectfully yours, US$4.6M. UK Lotto winner.

58 Queens way Suite 161, London,
Ticket Free/Online E-Mail Winnings
Ref: 56475600545188
Batch: 074/05/Z Y 369
Serial: 5039398064482100.


If this email address is respectfully yours, then be glad this day as the result of the UK-Lottery online e-mail address free-ticket draws of January, 2014 held in Bangkok Thailand has just been released, and we are glad to announce to you that your email email address won you the sweepstakes in the first category and you are entitled to claim the sum of US$4.6 Million. Your email address was entered for the online draw on this free ticket numbers: 7 4 22 53 91 66 and won on this lucky winning numbers: 3 6 11 28 31 44 10.

You are to contact Mr. Patrick Von on his below email address for quick claim of US$4.6 Million via online/electronic bank to bank transfer or by certified cashiers bank cheque which will be deliver to your address within 2 days. When delivered, you can cash it in your bank within 2 to 5 banking days without any hitches.

To enable Mr. Patrick Von ascertain you as the rightful winner and receiver of the US$4.6 Million UK Lottery online draws/sweepstakes, Kindly endeavor to include the below listed information in your contact mail to Mr. Patrick Von.

Your country of origin and country of residence/work, complete official names, amount won, free ticket and lucky numbers, date of draw, address where your wish to receive your valid certified cashiers bank cheque of US$4.6 Million, contact telephone, Sex, Age and occupation.

Mr. Patrick Von

In case you are thinking of how you won without entering, then know again that this very draw of January, 2014 in which you have emerged as a winner of UK Lottery Organization was a free ticket online email address draws winnings where thousands of email addresses was collected from almost all world wide websites and used for the online draws/sweepstakes and during winners selection your email address came out among the first ten winners which won you the lottery in the first winnings category and entitles you to claim the sum of US$4.6 Million via valid certified cashiers bank cheque of US$4.6 Million or online/electronic bank to bank transfer from our payment bank in Bangkok Thailand.


Mr. Robert Anderson
Online Coordinator
UK Lottery Organization.

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