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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. Beatrice Benny <>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 20:47:25 +0600
Subject: Award Prize of £3,000,000.00 Pounds 2014/ 15

Registration details
The National Lottery PO Box 287WatfordWD18 9TT
Camelot UK Lotteries Limited
Registered office: Tolpits Lane, Watford, Herts WD18 9RN
Registered in England and Wales No. 2822203

Millionaire Raffle winning ticket: DQQ542482
Thunderball winning numbers for Thunderball #1532
Ticket Numbers: AQUAB 04405890
Lucky Star: AQUA 0666 0834
Latest UK National Lottery / Lotto Results for Christmas Eve Lotto draw numbers on December 24 / Wednesday 31st December 2014 / 2015
Email Addresses Draw 24 December 2014 (12 tickets 2014)


We wish to congratulate and inform you on the selection of cash prize £3,000,000.00 (British Pounds) held on UK Millionaire Email Raffle results December 2014 in London UK. The selection process was carried out through random Selection in Our computerized email selection system (as) from a database of over 10,000,000 Email addresses drawn from which you were selected. And your E-mail address attached to ticket number: 4 8 9 10 21 24 31 with Serial number DXF #1197 drew the Lucky Star: 25 22, which subsequently won you the lottery in the 1st category i.e. EuroMillions draw 549. The total number of consolation prizes won in UK Lotto email selection system game was 432,959.

The Powerball lottery and National Lottery Promotions Unit (NLPU) is responsible for raising awareness of Lottery funding to Good Causes. Amongst other initiatives, NLPU manages the National Lottery Awards on behalf of The Department for Culture Media and Sport, the Lottery funders and the operator, Camelot.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £3 Million Pounds, (Three Million British Pounds) in cash credited to file KTU/ 650 45 /24. This is from a total cash prize of £3,000,000.00 only, shared among the (566) lucky winners in this category i.e. this December plus bonus. For due processing of your winning claim, please contact your Agent Mr. John Richard Allen who has been Assigned As your payment Agent to assist you. You are to contact him with the following details for the release of your winnings you’re Full: Name and your Address, Telephone Fax Number before time runs out.

To claim any prize above £500 you will have to complete a prize claim form and give proof of your identity. If you are claiming a large prize, additional checks on your winning ticket may be conducted. All National Lottery Game prizes must be claimed no later than the 365 days after the closing date of the particular Game. Any such prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited if you were one of the lucky winners.

Please Contact your Agent: Mr. John Richard Allen
Tel: +447024084889
Tel/Fax: +447003900958
Fax: +447003900958

Mon - Fri: 9am to 5:30pm

Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 9am to 11pm

Sun 9am to 3pm

All other days 9am to 5:30pm

If you do not contact your claims agent within 5 working days of this Notification, your winnings would be revoked. Winners are advised to keep their winning details/information from the public to avoid fraudulent claim (IMPORTANT) pending the prize claim by Winner. Camelot is committed to operating The National Lottery in a socially responsible way. If you suspect that a retailer is selling National Lottery tickets to anyone under the age of 16, you can report them by calling our dedicated hotline on 0870 160 001 All calls are fully investigated by Camelot's security team. Accept my hearty congratulations once again!


Mrs. Beatrice Benny (Group Coordinator) Written by Lottie McDonald
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