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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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Please note about this email:

Fraud email example:

From: "ms wordlottery" <mswordnationallotterypromouk20052006@msn.com>
Reply-To: susananthonyuk@yahoo.co.uk
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 23:38:37 +0000
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION!!!

FROM: THE DESK OF THE E-MAIL PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
MICROSOFT WORD LOTTERY,UK
3b Olympic Way, Sefton Business Park,
Aintree, Liverpool , L30 1RD

REF NO: MSW-L/200-26937
BATCH: 2005MJL-01

ELECTRONIC MAIL AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION

We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today of winners of the MSW MEGA JACKPOT LOTTO WINNINGS PROGRAMS held on 25th SEPTEMBER 2005.

Your company or your personal e-mail address, is attached to winning number 20-12DEC-2004-02MSW, with serial number S/N-00168 drew the lucky numbers 887-13-865-37-10-83, and consequently won in the first lottery category.

You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of GBP 5,500,000.00 POUNDS in cash credited to file REF NO: MSW-L/200-26937
This is from total prize money of GBP 27,500,000.00 POUNDS, shared among the Twenty (5)international winners in this category.

All participants were selected through our microsoft computer ballot system drawn form 21,000 names,3,000 names from each continent, as part of International "E-MAIL" Promotions Program, which is conducted annually for our prominent MS WORD user all over the world, and for the continues use of E-mail. We are sorry to let you know that our site is still under construction, as we are updating our site.

Your fund has been deposited in an escrow account and insured with
your REF NO: MSW-L/200-26937 and your E-mail address, Please note that, you are to contact us via email and not phone as we are promoting the use of E-mail, any communications with this office should be by mail, You have the right to call the bank, as we will provide you with the necessary details on how to claim your prize. You are to keep your ref. number and batch number from the public, until you have been processed and your money remitted to your account.

This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and
the act of scamming people of their ref number and prizes. We hope with a part of your prize, you will participate in our year high stakes US$1.3 billion International Lottery.

To claim your winning prize, you must first contact the claims
department by email for processing and remittance of your prize money to you. The claims officer contact email is:

Name: SUSAN  ANTHONY

E-mail:susananthonyuk@yahoo.co.uk

AND PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU ARE TO SEND THE BELOW INFORMATIONS REQUIRED TO CLAIM YOUR WINNING PRIZE:
1. FULL NAMES: _______________________________________________________
2.NATIONALITY: _______________________________________________________
3. DATE OF BIRTH ________________________________________
4. SEX: _________________________
5. MARITAL STATUS: _____________________________________
6. CONTACT ADDRESS: _____________________________________________
7. TELEPHONE NUMBER: ___________________
8. OCCUPATION: _________________________________
9. WINNING E-MAIL ADDRESS:________________________________
10.REF/ BATCH NUMBERS:_________________________________________
11.TOTAL AMOUNT WON:_________________________________________

Upon reciept of the duly requested data,i`ll send you the contact information of the payment office so you can proceed with effecting the release of your claim in anyway you deem fit, summit back immediately
Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than the 15th of DECEMBER, 2005. All funds not claimed on or before the fixed date will be penalised accordingly.

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in all correspondences with your claims officer. Do not reply any other mails like this on net as they are alot of scam artist out there pretending to be us. You may see mails like this do not reply. Do contact your claims officer MRS.SUSAN ANTHONY at once by email. You will be asked to provide some details to enable us proceed file keeping.
PLEASE KEEP THIS CONFIDENTIAL.
Sincerely,
Mrs. Monica Lopez
For MS WORD LOTTO UK;
NOTE: Do not reply this mail. You are to contact your claims officer
immediately.
SPONSORS:
CHIEF SPONSOR;
MICROSOFT CO-OPERATIONS UK, MICROSOFT CO OPERATIONS ASIA MICROSOFT
CO-OPERATIONS USA ,
!!!!!!!CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

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