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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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Fraud email example:

From: "UK Lotto Organization" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:23:59 +0700
Subject: UK Lotto US$4.600,000,00 rightful winner.

If you are the rightful owner of this email then you can proudly rejoice and celebrate the recent released result of UK Lottery online winnings draws of October 29, 2014 held in Bangkok Thailand. Your email was attached to Free Ticket Numbers: UKL-93247698JPZ and won on Lucky Numbers: YKA72794857-GDA which legitimately entitles you to claim the sum of US$4,600,000,00 (Four Million, Six Hundred Thousand US Dollars) as a FIRST CATEGORY winnings prize.

You are to contact your Appointed Claims Agent Mr. Jerry Cheong on email: { } Mr. Jerry Cheong will give you guidelines on how to claim your lottery prize of US$4,600,000,00 via our available payment methods. Ensure that you enclose your following winnings and personal claims information in your contact email message to Mr. Jerry Cheong.

Telephone & mobile numbers:
Resident country:
Winnings Lucky number:
Month of draw:
Job title:

Just in case you are thinking of how you won without entering, then know again that this very draw of October 29, 2014 in which you have emerged as a winner of UK Lottery Organization was a free ticket online email address 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$4,600,000,00.

Danny P. Roberts.
UK Lottery Organization.

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