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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: "MEGA MILLION" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <infoconsultant1@webmail.co.za>
Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2022 15:18:58 +0100
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS YOU WON!

                                                                          
 
 
                                                                              The National Lottery
                                                                                      P.O.Box 1010
                                                                          Liverpool L70 1NL. United Kingdom
                                                                        (Customer service) NOTIFICATION DESK
 
 
Attention: Email Account Holder,
 
 
 
Congratulations, congratulations!!, We happily announce to you the 2021 draw (#1453) of the MEGA MILLION , online Sweepstakes promotion drawn in London on Friday 17th /12/ 2021.
 
 
 
Your active e-mail address attached to the World Wide Web computer generated online ticket number: JUCRTYRWQ with reference number MEJ56D45KF and Serial number XPHRA456 ,Batch number CRTYUDW-DR ,drew the lucky numbers: 12 16 15 11 23 40 Bonus 32
This subsequently won you the lottery in the 1st category i.e. matches 6 lucky numbers as jackpot prize.
 
 
 
You have therefore been allocated to claim a total sum of 1,850,513.00 (One Million Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand, Five Hundred and Thirteen British Pounds) in cash is credited to file CPKU/8975432876/21. This is from a total cash prize of 14,210,702.00
Shared amongst the 315,337 with (3) lucky winners in "1st" category.
 
PRIZE BREAKDOWN
------------------------------------------------------------
Draw 1453 Friday 17th   December  2021, 12 16 15 11 23 40 Bonus 32 Lotto -Jackpot for this draw 6,804,104
------------------------------------------------------------
No. of matches No. of winners s per winner s Prize fund
Match 6 8 850,513 6,804,104
Match 5 plus Bonus 26 22,726 590,876
Match 5 1,172 315 369,180
Match 4 41,092 19 780,748
Match 3 549,274 10 5,492,740
Totals 591,572 14,037,648
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Additional information Jackpot winner(s) Lucky Dip winners Machine used for draw Ball set used
8 ARTHUR 1
 
 
This promotion was drawn based on email address as the key identification for setting up online accounts. All valid email addresses in the World Wide Web Draw used/participants for the online email promotion version were selected randomly via computer balloting from a global website collaboration with internet companies like eBay, pay pal, liberty reserve, and Google whom also built their systems and based their membership registration identity on email addresses supporting this computer draw system done by extracted email addresses from over 100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies and affiliated members to the National Lottery website and their advertisers listed online.
This Online promotion takes place via virtual ticket balloting and it is done Bi-annually.
 
Please note that your 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 1,850,513.00 would be released to you by our payment department.
 
 
 
Contact our Africa Asia Fiduciary agents immediately to commence release of your lottery prize by providing details below.
 
 
 
1. Full Name:
2. Reference Number/
3. Age/Occupation:
4. Winning email Address:
5. Phone Number:
6. Country:
 
 
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever choice you want to claim your prize. Precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program are in place. Please be warned!!! To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent and provide them with your winning ticket and details.
 
 
Fiduciary Agents:
Mrs. Selby Dolezal
Foreign Service Manager
Africa/Asia Regional Centre
E-mail: infocash4u@webmail.co.za
 
"Please do not reply back to the senders address or the source email address, this notification is sent automatically via computer virtual notification to winning email addresses and a response will not be attended by human but computer" contact the fiduciary agents above "
 
 
Yours faithfully,
Selby Duffield
 
Online Coordinator. National Lottery Customer Care Team
UK LOTTERY. Copyright (c) 1994-2021 The UK Lottery International Promotion Inc.
All rights reserved. Terms of Service -Guideline. 77635 476378 255667460.

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