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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: ms_word office <ms_wordpaymentcenter2006@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2007 14:50:02 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: BRIEF INFORMATION ABOUT MICROSOFT LOTTERY AND HOW YOU WON:







AFRICA PAYMENT MANAGER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
MICROSOFT CORPORATION LOTTERY PAYMENT PROCESSING OFFICE,



#147 ABA ROAD PORT-HARCOURT
NIGERIA WEST AFRICA.









ATTENTION: WINNER ,

We will like to give you a brief explanation or information about MICROSOFT LOTTERY AWARD. Due to the fact that you might still be confused about how you came to win or if actually this is true. Infact, many winners have asked such questions and are cleared accordingly
INFORMATION ABOUT MICROSOFT LOTTERY:

This is an organization that has been financially assisting people with it's intention to changing peoples life, so many people have benefited from it in recent past. As part of International "E-MAIL" Promotions Program, Which is conducted annually for our prominent MS -WORD users all over the world, and for the Continues use of E-mail.

All Participant were selected through a computer balloting system drawn from Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from Canada, Australia, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our international promotions program which is conducted annually.
This Lottery was jointly promoted and co-sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have operational base. Further more your details (e-mail address) falls within our African representative office in AFRICA Nigeria as indicated in your play coupon and your prizewill be released to you from this regional branch office in Nigeria.
HISTORY OF MICROSOFT LOTTERY THROUGH THE YEARS

Mission Statement of the Lottery

1.To help and limit hardship round the globe through financial assistance.

2.To generate revenue for the state of International consistent with the public good.

3. To provide quality entertainment to the International consistent with the Statutory mandate.

4. To maintain the integrity of lottery games and activities.

The only basis for a valid Lottery claim is compliance with the Lottery Statute and the Lottery Rules. No valid Lottery claim may be premised on human, or other error in the communication, display or transmission of data, however recorded, displayed, or transmitted. A valid Lottery claim can be premised upon any intentional human, electronic, or other form of communication or transmission of data, which has been authorized by the Lottery Commissioner or Coordinator

Authority: Act 239, 1972, as amended.


Please fill the form sent to you and return back immediately to enable us send it fast to our Transfering Bank( FIRST BANK PLC) for your Transfer of Fund.


Congratulations, once more from the entire Management and Staff of Microsoft Cooperation to all our lucky winners this year. Thank you for being part of this promotional lottery program. Our special thanks and gratitude to Bill Gate of Microsoft and all his Associates for alliviating poverty round the globe.


PROF. DAN ALEX
(PAYING MASTER)
TELL: +234-8057685472
Fax: 234-8068761527
MANAGEMENT
MICROSOFT COOPERATION PAYMENT CENTER NIGERIA AFRICA.


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