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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: <>
Date: 16 Aug 2021 21:50:52 -0700
Subject: Support Ticket #:59 - Request opened 3:46 AM | Tuesday, August 16, 2021

UK Euro Millions
Batch Number: 9-28-36-41-49
Winners Number: 5-7
Reference: UK/EU/ML/0783

Dear gregb,

We wish to congratulate you on your email success in our computer vote. This promotional programme is aimed at encouraging internet users, world wide to play our National, Thunder ball and Euro Millions Lottery Draw. It is sponsored by the National, Thunder ball and Euro Millions Lottery companies here in the United Kingdom.

Your email address was attached to ticket/batch number 9-28-36-41-49, which drew the lucky numbers: 5 and 7, winning the lottery of ? 1,000, 000.00. (One Million British Pounds).

Contact our trustee representative in London immediately, to claim winnings.

Name: Fred Collins


UK National Lottery

The National Lottery,
PO Box 251,
WD18 9BR

Phone (online players):
0333 234 44 33

Phone (in-store players):
0333 234 50 50

Note: All winnings MUST be claimed in 2 weeks otherwise all winnings will be returned to us as unclaimed funds.

Best regards
Dorothy Pierce
(Lottery Coordinator)

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