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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: "LUCKY SURF LUCKY PROMOTION" <info@punkspeed.com>
Reply-To: <barr.diop@citromail.hu>
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2021 19:30:33 -0700
Subject: AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION!

FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
LONDON ZONE. 36 GREAT SURRY HOUSE.
London.SE28 8LR.
LUCKY SURF LUCKY PROMO IN CONJUCTION WITH
(BRITISH LOTTERY OLYMPIC PUZZLE)
P.O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL UNITED KINGDOM.
AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION:
REF NO: HFTI/941JUD/06
TICKET NO: NHF754/20/33
Congratulations........Lucky Surf Winner 2021,
The New Hope International is an organization established by different philanthropic association in United
 
Kingdom which serves to promote Sports, Music, Theater, Art, and Literature, projects in the social and political
 
arena with a focus on health, as well as science, research, and higher education.
Most recently the organization set up the NEW HOPE LUCKY SURF LOTTERY PROMOTIONS to give out prizes based on the
 
computer ballot system. By doing this the organization seek to encourage the use of Internet for academic and
 
business pursuits.
This is in conjunction with the British 1.5bn Olympic lottery puzzle (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4719851.stm)
 
The Lottery must raise 1.5bn over the next seven years to pay its share of the public money going into the
 
Olympics.
We are please to inform you of the announcement today as one of the (10) lucky winners in the HOPE LUCKY SURF
 
LOTTO draw held on 24th-3-2021.All winners from the lottery promotional program where randomly selected from a
 
batch of 50,000,000 individual and company emails. Your email address emerged alongside (9) others as a category
 
'A' winner in this year's Annual Hope Surf Online Draw.
Consequently, after the computer ballot draws, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of
 
1,500.000.00 only (One Million Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds only) in cash.
The following particulars are attached to your lotto payment order:
(i) Winning numbers: 23-32-87-99-26-10
(ii) Email ticket number: NHF754/20/33
(iii) Lotto code number: NHFTI09622SP
(iv) The file Ref number: HFTI/941JUD/06
You are advice to contact provide the following details for claim.
 
FULL Name:
Complete Address:
Country:
Occupation:
Age:
Sex:
Your fund is now deposited and insured in your name with our accredited authorized Finance House. Due to the mix
 
up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has
 
been processed and your cash prize release to you.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by other participants of this
 
program.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to attach your reference, ticket
 
number and Lotto Code number as quoted above in every one of your correspondence with your authorized Claims
 
agent.
Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.
 
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our Lottery Promotion program.
Once again on behalf of all our staff, CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Best Regards,
Mr. Paul Adams.
THE ZONAL PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
The New Hope International Lucky Surf Promotions.
N.B:
1. All claims are nullified after 20 working days from today.
2. Your Ref 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. All winners under the age of 18 are automatically dis-qualified
Open 7 days 8am-8pm.
WARNING!!!
ANY MAIL RECIEVED OF THIS SUCH WITH ANY OTHER TRADE MARK OR ADDRESS SHOULD BE FORWARD TO THIS BOX IMMEDIATELY;
 
THIS WILL HELP US TO FIGHT AGAINST LOTTERY IMPOSTERS .THANK YOU FOR YOUR ANTICIPATED CO-OPERATION.

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