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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: "Barr. Noel Thompson." <>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2020 16:17:33 -0700
Subject: Attn: Lucky Winner,

Attn: Lucky Winner,

This is to inform you that your winning prize money from THE GREAT WEATHER
LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL will be cancelled soonest due to your failure to
claim your money as directed by the lottery co-coordinator.

You are advised by this mail to contact the accredited claims agent today
for your payment without further delay.

All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through
computer draws system and extracted from over 10,000,00 companies and
personal e-mails.

For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information
confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you
in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.

This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements.

The claims agent will inform you on the best option which will be use the
of your winning prize from any part of the world you are located.

Note also the following:

Your Ref number for the claim is: 007pwyz2006
Winning Numbers Au0630677
Batch Numbers 0075-2020
Bonus Numbers 5023783QL
Winning Amount: $2.6million

You are therefore advised to provide the under listed Claim requirements
information to the lottery payment handling officer.

Claim Requirements:

1. Names in Full

2. Address:

3. Phone/Fax:

4. Age:

5. Occupation:

6. Nationality:


Failure to contact the claims agent { Mr. Jackie Bardill } whose
information is stated below within 7 working days of this
notification, your winning will be revoked.

Accredited Claims Agent.
Name: Mr. Jackie Bardill
E-mail: ** <>

Accept our heartily congratulations once again!

Barr. Noel Thompson.
Lottery Service Providers,
Leeds, LS6 2YY
*The Great Weather Lottery is approved and certified by the Gaming Board
for Great Britain.*

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