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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: "Roman Farris" <romanfarris@msn.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2006 00:32:15 +0000
Subject: Microsoft Word Delivery Options.

MICROSOFT MEGA JACKPOT LOTTERY
UNITED KINGDOM. LONDON.
BANK OF ENGLAND/MICROSOFT HOUSE, LONDON.
Director: MR. Andrew Gregry III
PHONE # :( 00944) 702 305 0856
PHONE # :( 00944) 702 305 0857
PHONE # :( 00944) 702 305 0858
FAX   # :( 00944) 700 598 0586


Dear   VICTIMNAME,


     Thanks for the mail we got your details now you are through with step one of claiming your winnings, you are to proceed. However, Please we apologise for the long delay in getting back to you, I was away attending to Family Issues as I just lost me Grand mother. Be adviced to proceed though and get back to me soon.


 Basically, there are three options for you to get your prize/money, you are to choose one. The three options include the Bank, Travel to London and the courier firm. The bank is reliable for both bank SWIFT wire transfer, diplomatic bank transfer and inters bank transfer while the courier firm is to courier the winning cheque to you or your local bank any where you wish to have your cheque.


 These three options has been the best reliable ways of getting won prizes to our winners, mostly  international winners who can not make their ways to our cash presentation financial house in  London where winners are been paid in cash. Below are the options please, do not choose more than one, just choose one out  of these options. Be aware that you will be responsible for any further charges to be paid to claim your prize. These charges are quiet high due to the insurance taken to secure these winnings as it is not a small Prize.


DELIVERY  OPTIONS:
________________

(1) A: BANK SWIFT WIRE TRANSFER
    B: INTER- BANK TRANSFER
    C: BANK DIPLOMATIC TRANSFER


(2): TRAVEL TO OUR OFFSHORE PAYMENT CENTER IN LONDON WHERE YOU WILL BE PAID FULL IN CASH.


(3): BY OUR COURIER FIRM, WHERE THEY WILL COURIER YOUR WINNING CHEQUE TO YOU OR ANY ADDRESS YOU  WISH TO HAVE YOUR CHEQUE COURIERED TO  DIRECTLY TO YOUR LOCAL BANK OR YOUR HOUSE. YOU ARE ALLOWED TO ALSO CHOOSE ONE OF THIS.


PROCEEDURES:
____________

(1): This Bank is reliable and has been one of our major sponsors. They are fast in any form of transfer with the minimum of three days and maximum of five days your funds will appear straight in your designated account. Despite the fact that their minimum activation (Deposit) fee is quiet High I assure you they are reliable. You will only pay into your new account the minimum of 1,500 GB pounds choose by you before transfer. This money remains in your account and can still be transferred to you along with your Prize/money. You can retain this account if you wish to.


  First, you will be asked to choose an account (1. Regular Account. 2.  Daily Account 3. Premium Account. 4. Platinum Account). Each of this accounts have their different functions. You will also have to activate one this account that you are capable of. By activation you will be asked to make an initial deposit into this new account before transfer that is all.


(2): Travel to our offshore payment center in UK LONDON, where you will be paid in full cash. The only charges involve is that you must have to go there with some money to settle tax and other charges; this will not be more than 6,000 GB pounds.


(3): The use of our courier firm, this option is often preferred by most winners. Where your prize/money will be couriered directly to you or your local bank any where you want it. The courier charge is normal with little insurance and administrative charges added. You are to make sure the address of where you want your prize/money couriered to. Be correct with no mistakes. They do not deliver parcels to P.O.BOX they do not allow the use of credit cards this is for security reason. This courier charges are between the ranges of 450 GB Pounds to 650 GB Pounds. No matter where you are located in the World.


 Be aware that nobody is allowed to neither touch nor deduct from your prize/money as it has been insured in your name and to it actual value. You are to choose one out of the three pre-requisite of transfer of the aforementioned options or procedures of transfer of your entitled winnings to you. In your next mail you are expected to indicate to us your preferred choice of transfer. You are allowed to reach the Director for further explanations on phone.


 I hope to hear from you soon, for now remain Blessed and do have a nice day.


Regards,
Roman Farris.
(CLAIM OFFICER)


WARNING!!!                                       WARNING!!!                                        WARNING!!!
ANY MAIL RECIEVED OF THIS SUCH WITH ANY OTHER TRADEMARK OR ADDRESS SHOULD BE FOWARDED TO YOUR CLAIMS AGENT IMMEDIATELY; THIS WILL HELP US TO FIGHT SCAM AND LOTTERY IMPOSTERS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ANTICIPATED CO-OPERATION.



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