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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: "Debra Treyz Controller"<>
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:24:15 +0200

Big Big British National Lotto

3b Olympic Way, Sefton Business Park,
Aintree, Liverpool, L30 1RD
Batch: 12/25/0034
Attention: Email Account Holder

Congratulations!! Congratulations!!
Are you the correct owner of this email? If yes, then, be glad this day as the result of the Euro Millions Lottery and email address free-ticket draws of the 08th of August, 2017 Promotion Award has been released and we are glad to announce to you that your email address came out in the second category and entitles you to claim the sum of £2,841,327.00.
It is a promotional Program to encourage the use of Microsoft and Internet Programs. Your email address was entered for the online draw on this free ticket number:B55607545 6152 with reference number UK/JA2C110P5 and Serial number UK5365/3 ,Batch number XA87-2PY,drew the lucky numbers: 33-10-18-40-17 Bonus 02
This subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e. matches 5 lucky numbers Plus Bonus number.

You have therefore been allocated to claim a total sum of £2,841,327.00 (Two Million, Eight Hundred And Forty One Thousand, Three Hundred And Twenty Seven Great British Pounds) in cash is credited to file UKPC/9080144308/05.

Lottery results and prize breakdown for: Euro millions, Draw date: 2017-08-08
Match + Stars Jackpot Winners Estimated Jackpot
5+2 0 £0.00
Match + Stars Prize Winners Prize Amount
5 + 1 stars 5 £2,841,327.70
Match 5 18 £40,863.60
4 + 2 stars 165 £2,228.90
4 + 1 star 2,144 £150.00
Match 4 4,203 £76.50
3 + 2 stars 6,538 £35.10
3 + 1 star 93,404 £10.80
Match 3 181,843 £9.30
Match 2 + 2 stars 93,702 £11.20
Match 2 + 1 star 1,347,905 £6.00
Additional information Jackpot winner(s) Lucky Dip winners Machine used for draw Ball set used
Additional information Jackpot winner(s) Lucky Dip winners Machine used for draw Ball set used


Please note that you’re lucky winning ticket file and number falls within our European booklet representative office in Watford (UK) as indicated in your ballot played coupon. In view of this, your £2,841,327.00 would be released to you by our payment department.
Kindly provide following information urgently:

1. Full Name:
2. Email Address:
3. Age/Occupation:
4. Reference Number/Ticket Number:
5. Phone Number:
6. Country:
7. Date of draw
Contact our Fiduciary agents immediately to commence release of your lottery prize by providing details below.
Contact Person: Mr. David-Shik Moon
Tel: +44 793-744-7638

Debra Treyz Controller

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