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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: online promo <online_xmaspromo112@web.de>
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2006 02:25:53 +0100
Subject:


THE COCA COLA COMPANYPROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD
DEPT:COCA COLA AVENUE
STAMFORD BRIDGE LONDON.
SW1V 3DW UNITED KINGDOM

THE COCA COLA OFFICIAL CHRISTMAS PROMOTION PRIZE NOTIFICATION.

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual christmas promotion
final draws held on (18th of November, 2006) by Coca-Cola in conjunction with the British American Tobacco Worldwide Promotion.Your email was among the 20 Lucky winners who won £1000,000.00{One Million Great Britain Pounds} each in the THE COCA\COLA COMPANY 2006 PROMO.
However the results were released 26th November, 2006 and your email was attached to ticket number (7PWYZ2006) and ballot number (BT:12052006/20) The online draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses from an exclusive list of 29,031,643 E-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet.
However, no tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy. (Coca Cola Santa Christmas Tree Ornaments.) [http://www.christmas-decorations-gifts-store.com/store/PPF/parameters/1624_13/more_info.asp] [http://www.christmas-decorations-gifts-store.com/store/PPF/parameters/1624_13/more_info.asp] The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection machine (TOPAZ) .
This Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and also licensed by the The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR).This lottery is the 3rd of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public.
To begin the claim processing of your prize you are to contact the fiduciary agent as stated below: Mr WILLY ANDERSON22 Garden Close, Stamford,Lincs,PE9 2YP,LondonUnited KingdomEmail:cocacola_claimsagent_willy102@yahoo.co.uk
Due to possible mix up of some numbers and email contacts, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by some participants of this program.
*Staff of Coca-Cola and the British American Tobacco Company are not to partake in this PROMOTION.

Accept our hearty congratulations once again! (Santa Claus Coca Cola Christmas Ornament.) [http://www.christmas-decorations-gifts-store.com/store/PPF/parameters/1656_13/more_info.asp]

Yours Faithfully,
Management.



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