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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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Fraud email example:

From: "MARIA STEPHEN" <info_online07@msn.com>
Reply-To: jamesandersonuk@inbox.com
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 08:20:41 +0000
Subject: HELLO!!

THE DESK OF THE PROMOTION MANAGER
LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB,
END OF YEAR PROMO.


ATTENTION WINNER:
The management of Liverpool football club is glad to announce to the world
THEIR END OF YEAR BONANZA, the giving away of the sum of TWENTY MILLION
UNITED KINGDOM POUNDS million to 40 lucky email addresses all over the
world. This promotion is in appreciation of our International Support in the
European Champions League Finals in Turkey and the correspondent capital
profit in the stock market which was far beyond our projected quarterly
earnings. It is also to Mark the Club's over 100 years of co-operate
existence.

Please be informed that all winners in this program have been selected
randomly through a computer ballot system drawn from over 500,000 companies
and individual e-mail addresses database.

Your email address happened to be one of the lucky winners of five hundred
thousand pounds among the forty email addresses chosen. For all our
international winners the value of the amount comes to ($917,956.00 USD)
Nine Hundred and Seventeen thousand, Nine hundred and fifty-six
United States Dollars.

In other to claim your £500,000.00 prize, you will have to fill the form
below and send it back to us for verification and then you will be inform on
how your Cashier's Check for £500,000.00 has already been deposited with
your email contact.

NAME:.................................................................
AGE:..................................................................
SEX:..................................................................
ADDRESS:..............................................................
EMAIL:................................................................
PHONE No:.............................................................
OCCUPATION:...........................................................
COMPANY:..............................................................
COUNTRY:..............................................................

Please you are adviced to complete the form and send back to us for prompt
collection. You are automatically disqualified if you are below 18 years of
age.

Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to
disqualification. This E-mail message (including attachments, if any) is
intended for the use of the individual or Entity to which it is addressed
and may contain Information that is privileged, proprietary, confidential
and exempted from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, you are
notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this
Communication is strictly prohibited.

Sincerely,
Mr. MARIA STEPHEN.

To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent
Mrs. JAMES ANDERSON.
EMAIL: jamesanderson@cooperation.net

ONCE AGAIN CONGRATULATIONS!!!


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