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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: Mon, 18 May 2015 06:39:21 -0400
Subject: Ref: Draw of 2nd category match 5

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 Wed 28 Jan 2015 happily announce to you the Draw #1993 | Draw
machine: Merlin | Ball set: 1 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 03-04-17-24-30-34 and the bonus number (36) won you the lottery
in the 2nd category i.e. match 5 + Bonus. Your draw has a total value of 1,804,955.00 GBP
from a total cash prize of 14,439,640.00 GBP shared amongst eight (8) lucky winners in your
category. You have been approve to claim a total sum of 1,804,955.00 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: +44-703 195 9721


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 7 working 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)

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