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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: Director Director <>
Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2024 07:27:17 +0000
Subject: Dear Email Owner

The National Lottery
P.O.Box 1010
Liverpool L70 1NL United Kingdom
(Customer service) NOTIFICATION DESK

Attention: Email Account Holder,

Congratulations!! Congratulations Happy New Year!!We are happily announce to you the draw (#1404) of the UK INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes Email promotion held in London on Monday, 01/01/January/2024 Your active e-mail address attached to the World Wide Web computer generated ticket number: B55607545 4152 with reference number UK/JA2C110P5 and Serial number ZA5365/3 ,Batch number XA87-2PY,drew the lucky file UKPC/9080144308/07,This subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category,

You have therefore been allocated to claim a total sum of £800,000.00 (Eight Hundred Thousand British Pounds) in cash is credited to file UKPC/9080144308/07. This is from a total cash prize of £17,403,993 Shared Amongst the 545,587 with (3) lucky winners in "2nd" category.

Draw 1404 01 /2024 file UKPC/9080144308/07 Jackpot for this draw £7,542,072
No. of matches No. of winners £s per winner £s Prize fund
Match 6 4 £1,885,518 £7,542,072
Match 5 file UKPC/9080144308/07 £520,731 £1,562,193
Match 5 387 £2,522 £976,014
Match 4 25,997 £82 £2,131,754
Match 3 519,196 £10 £5,191,960
Totals 545,587 £17,403,993
Additional information Jackpot winner(s) Lucky Dip winners Machine used for draw Ball set used
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 you’re lucky winning ticket file and number falls within our booklet representative office in city of Johannesburg (SA) as indicated in
your ballot played coupon. In view of this, your £800,000.00 would be released to you by our payment department.

Contact our Fiduciary agents immediately to commence release of your lottery prize by providing details below.

1. Full Name:
2. Email Address:
3. Age:
4. Occupation:
5. Reference Number/Ticket Number
6. Phone Number:
7. Country:
8. Date of draw:
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 on E-MAIL: and provide them with your winning
email and details.
UK Lottery Fiduciary Agents:
Mr Alexander Ashraf
Tell: +27-785-339-866
Fax number: +27-86-661-3447
Foreign Service Manager
City of Johannesburg Regional Center
Tolpits Lane, E-MAIL:

"Please do not reply back to the senders address or the from 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 "
Yours faithfully
Teresa Marie Roberts
Online coordinator
UK INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY Copyright (c) 1994-2023 the UK Lottery International Promotion Inc All rights reserved Terms of Service –
Guideline 77635 476378- 255667460.

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