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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: "UKNL OFFICE" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2021 10:56:44 -0000
Subject: Ticket Winning ticket no is (07)(27)(18)(23)(05)

Dear Winner,

You are a winner of the UK Powerball lottery online program that was held
on the 17th of April, 2021. You have been approved to claim a sum One
Million British Pounds Sterling 1,000.000.00 of cash credited to file
KTU/9023118308/03 and your winning ticket no is (07)(27)(18)(23)(05).
To file for your claims you are to contact our claims agent,

Mrs.Helen Johnson (claims Agent)

Provide her with the following information to claim your prize.
Full Name:
Phone Number:
Country of residence:
Amount Won:

Yours faithfully,
Online Co-ordinator for U.K NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program

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