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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:

Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2022 00:33:32 -0800

Headquarters: Watford, United Kingdom

Attention: Customer
Ref: UKQATAR/851OYHI/22.
Batch No. QATAR2021/DFL


We happily announce to you the draw of Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup
Promotional Draw held on the Saturday 01 January 2022 in
Knightsbridge, London United Kingdom. Your name/email address
attached to Ticket Number: BA9564 75604545 640, with Serial Number
00063761 drew the winning numbers 03/25/33/35/48/56 with a bonus
Number 01 for National Lotto under the choice of the lottery in the
2nd category of bi-weekly one. You have therefore been approved to
claim a total sum of £680,000.00 (Six Hundred and Eighty Thousand
Pounds) in cash credited to file UKRSAL/851OYHI/22. This is from a
total cash prize of US £20,000,000.00 Million Pounds, shared amongst
the first One Hundred and-thirty (130) lucky winners in this category
Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Promotional Draw Worldwide. Please note that
you’re lucky winning number falls within our UK booklet representative
office in London United Kingdom as indicated in your play coupon,
because this particular draw was selected to promote Tourism and FIFA
Soccer World Cup during the Qatar FIFA 2022 World Cup, hence your
winning information must be kept to enable you participate in our
subsequent draws which will see 500 participants traveling on an
all-expense paid trip to Qatar for the Soccer FIFA World Cup 2022.
In view of this, your £680,000.00 (Six Hundred and Eighty Thousand
Pounds) would be released to you by an accredited commercial Bank in
England. Our Paying- agent will immediately commence the process to
facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact our Pay
Agent’s office.

All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site
through computer draws system and extracted from over 10,000,000
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
unscrupulous elements.

To file for your claim, please contact our corresponding Agents in
London immediately you read
This message for quick and urgent release of your fund, contact
information is as follows: email:, or call:
+447452236600 to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
quote your reference numbers in any correspondences with our
designated agents.

Congratulations! Once more from all members and staff of this program
that has ensured that you won this competition. Thank you for being
part of our Promotional Lottery program.

Yours Sincerely,
Katherine Albrighton
Promotional Manager

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