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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: "Mrs. Miranda Kavanagh" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2014 12:30:27 -0200
Subject: End of the year E-mail Draw #1974

The National Lottery
PO Box 1010 Liverpool
L70 1NL.

Dear winner,

This letter is from the UK National Lottery. Following official publication results of the
Email electronic on line sweepstakes organized by the UK National Lottery corporation, the
slide circular award and in conjunction with the foundation for the promotion of software
products, (F.P.S.) Held on Sat 22 Nov 2014 happily announce to you the draw (#1974) of the
UK National Lottery online International program. Your e-mail address attached to ticket
number: 856-039-45-702 with Serial number 4028/06 drew the lucky numbers 02-03-05-15-22-39
and the bonus number (26) won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e. match 6. Your draw
has a total value of 1,896,064.00 GBP from a total cash prize of 7,584,256.00 GBP shared
amongst four (4) lucky winners in your category. You are therefore been approved to claim
a total sum of 1,896,064.00 GBP in cash. Your email address was selected by our Electronic
Random Selection System (ERSS) from an exclusive list of 650,000,000 e-mail addresses of
individual and corporate bodies generated from an internet resource database. No tickets
were sold. You are advised to contact our accredited claims agent as stated below for claim:

Name: Mr. Hudson Volp


Tel: +44-703 191 0003


NOTE: Please state your name as it should appear on the prize cheque.You are to contact
Mr. Hudson Volp as instructed above in respect of your winning immediately with the
following details below:


Please note the following:

*1. All claims are nullified after 7working days from today.
*2. Your ticket number must be in all your mails with the claims officer.
*3. Do inform the claims officer of any change of names or addresses.
*4. Please do not reply to this email.

Contact your claims agent as soon as you receive this letter. Whilst every care is taken to
ensure the accuracy of information containing National Lottery results, Camelot Group plc
cannot take any responsibility for any errors or omissions of names. Prize winning and all
aspects of the National Lottery games are subject to Games Rules and Procedures.. You can
go to our online result site to confirm the value of your winnings and also get a prize breakdown: .
Congratulations once again from all members and staff of this program and thank you for being
part of our promotional lucky email lottery program.

Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Miranda Kavanagh (Co-ordinator)
UK National Lottery International Program

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