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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: moriska nowak <moriska@mnowak.orangehome.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 17:31:46 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: MICROSOFT PROMOTION YOUR EMAIL ID HAS WON!!!


MICROSOFT PROMOTION YOUR EMAIL ID HAS WON!!!
Boeing Avenue 33
6612 PE Schiphol-Rijk.
The Netherlands.
RESULTS FOR CATEGORY "A" DRAWS
Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice,the results of the First Category draws of MICROSOFT PROMOTION INT. We are happy to inform you that
you have emerged a winner under the First Category, which is part of our promotional draws. The draws are being officially announced today 25th of September,2006. Participants were selected through acomputerballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and
companies from Africa,America Asia,Australia,Europe,Middle East,and Oceania as part of our International Promotions Program.Your e-mail address,attached to ticket number QZ-316-NL, with serial number 8222-66 drew the lucky numbers 9-17-5-73-8-11 and consequently won in the First Category.You have therefore been awarded alump sum pay out of 1,000,000(One MillionEuros), which is the winning payout for Category A winners.This is from the total prize money 1,500,000 shared among the two winners in this category.
CONGRATULATIONS!
Your fund is now deposited with the paying Bank.In your best interest to avoid Disqualification we request that you keep the entire details of your award strictly from public notice until the process of transferring your claims has been completed, and your funds remitted to your account.this is
part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by non winners of this program.You are advised to contact claim department by email.Failure to do so may warrant disqualification.
NOTE: For easy reference and identification,find below your Reference and Batch numbers. Remember to quote these numbers in yourcorrespondence with your claims Department.
REFERENCE NUMBER: LSLUK/2031/8161/04
BATCH NUMBER: 14/011/IPD
Please contact microsoftclaim department immediately for due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice:
*******************************************************************************
Dr Peter Hans
Tel.:+31-644749864
Email: microsoftclaim20@netscape.net
microclaim@mail.wowmail.com
***************************************************************
N.B: Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification. Contact your claim department immediately.
Sincerely Yours,
Mrs Betty Rice
PROMOTION CORDINATOR

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