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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:

Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:26:50 +0800
Subject: =?UTF-8?Q?=C2=A3=31=2C=38=35=30=2C=30=30=30=2E=30=30=20LOTTO=20WI?=


Attn: Email Account Holder,
Congratulations!! We happily announce to you the draw (#764) of the
Euro-Millions Email Address International Lottery, online Sweepstakes
promotion held this summer in London-United Kingdom. Your active e-mail
address attached to the World Wide Web computer generated ticket number:
B6787545 4145 with reference number EAAL/JA2C110P7 and Serial number
UK5365/3, Batch number ZA87-2PY, drew the lucky numbers: 24 73 35 80 46
Lucky Stars 05 09. This subsequently won you the lottery in the 1st
category i.e. matches 6 lucky numbers as jackpot prize. You have
therefore been allocated to claim a total sum of £1,850,000.00 (One
Million Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand British Pounds) in cash is
credited to Millionaire RaffleGCR760097. This is from a total cash prize
of £5,900,000.00 Shared amongst the (6) lucky winners in "1st" category.

Draw 764 Friday 22 August, 2014 (24 73 35 80 46 Lucky Stars 05 09)
Lotto -Jackpot for this draw £142,677,285
No. of matches No. of winners £s per winner Prize fund
Match 5 + 1 Stars 5 £501,783.40 £1,003,566.80
Match 5 11 £76,027.70 £304,110.80
Match 4 + 2 Stars 102 £4,099.50 £131,184.00
Match 4 + 1 Star 1,869 £195.70 £112,527.50
Match 4 3,677 £99.50 £120,693.50
Totals 4,968,342 £9,600,234.50
Additional information Jackpot winner(s) Lucky Dip winners Machine used
for draw Ball set used 2 SAPPHIRE 7
This promotion was drawn based on email address as the key
identification for setting up online accounts. All valid email addresses
in the World Wide Web Draw used/participants for the online email
promotion version were selected randomly via computer balloting from a
global website collaboration with internet companies like eBay, pay pal,
liberty reserve, and Google whom also built their systems and based
their membership registration identity on email addresses supporting
this computer draw system done by extracted email addresses from over
100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies and affiliated
members to the National Lottery website and their advertisers listed
online. This Online
promotion takes place via virtual ticket balloting and it is done
Your fund is now deposited with a security company here in United
Kingdom and was insured in your name for security reason. Due to false
practices, we ask that you keep your award information strictly from
public notice, until your claim has been processed and money remitted to
your possession, as this is part of our security protocol to avoid
double claiming or unwarranted abuse of this program by unscrupulous
individuals. Contact our Fiduciary agents immediately to commence
release of your lottery prize by providing details below.

1. Full Name:
2. Age:
3. Sex:
4. Address:
5. Occupation:
6. Email Address:
7. Country of origin:
8. Country of resident:
9. Telephone:
10. Fax Numbers:

Precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of
this program are in place. Please be warned!!! To file for your claim,
please contact our fiduciary agent and provide him with your winning
email and details. Euro-Million Lottery Fiduciary Agents:

(Mr. James Clifford)
Foreign Service Manager (FSM)
Universal Securities, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 7024039660
Fax: +44 8447741800

"Please do not reply back to the senders address or the source email
address, this notification is sent automatically via computer virtual
notification to winning email addresses and a response will not be
attended by Human but computer" contact the fiduciary agents above "

Yours Faithfully,
Mrs. Anita Cooke. Online co-coordinator.
Euro-Millions Email Address International Lottery
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