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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: info@omicnxnx.orangehome.co.uk
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2007 13:33:25 +0100 (CET)
Subject: YOUR EMAIL HAS WON!!! CONTACT CLAIM OFFICE


YOUR EMAIL HAS WON!!! CONTACT CLAIM OFFICE
REFERENCE NUMBER: LSLUK/2031/8161/04
BATCH NUMBER: 14/011/IPD
RESULT FOR CATEGORY A
Dear Winner,
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 6th of January,2006.You have therefore been awarded alump sum pay out of 1,000,000(One Million Euros), which is
the winning payout for Category A winners.
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
Fax: 0031- 847103194.
Email: microclaim20@aim.com

*************************************************************************************************
Sincerely Yours,
Mrs Betty Rice
PROMOTION CORDINATOR
N.B: Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification. Contact your claim department immediately.

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