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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: "Mr. Patrick Poulsen" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 04:14:33 +0200
Subject: Congratulations you are a winner today

P.O Box 1010 Liverpool L70 1NL United Kingdom
Hornweg 60, 1044 AN Amsterdam, Netherlands.


If you are the correct owner of this email address, then be glad this day as the result of the UK lotto online e-mail winning draws and sweepstakes held in Amsterdam - Netherlands on the 20th of September 2014 has just been released.

All participants were selected randomly from worldwide website through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000.00 companies.

Your email addresses was entered for the online draw on this Ticket Number: UKNL4330728019 and won on this Lucky Number: 713-212-555-8080. You are to contact (ROVEL EXPRESS COURIER SERVICE) on the below email address for quick delivery of your US$4,600,000.00 winnings cheque. All winners' cheque are certified and are cash able in any country of any continent.

To enable the Courier Company ascertain you as the rightful receiver of the certified cheque, YOU MUST INCLUDE the below listed information in your contact email to them:

*** Your full names, Country, contact telephone and mobile numbers
*** Address where you wish to receive your winning cheque
*** Amount won, Sex, Age, ticket and lucky numbers
Occupation/job title, date/venue of draw.

MR. THOMAS LUUK (Director of Operations and Logistics)
ROVEL Express (Netherlands B.V.) Telephone: +31 (687) 063-662
Arena Boulevard 19, 1101 AX Amsterdam, PO Box 12523, 1100
Email Address:

Congratulations from all staff members of UK.L.O and we thank you for being part of email account users program.

Yours Sincerely,
UK Lottery Organization.


MR. PHILIP WALKER (Head, Legal Team), BARRISTER MRS. FELICIA GOMEZ (Secretary, Legal Department), MR. STITSON DAVID (Online Operations Coordinator), MR. STEWART JEROME (Online Coordinator), SIR. ALFRED WILLIAMS (Executive), MRS. YVONNE LAMBERT (Executive), MR. NICOLAS HENDERSON (Executive), SIR. DAVID HANKS (Chairman).

Copyright © 2014 United Kingdom Lottery Organization.

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