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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: "microsoft canada" <million-inc@hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2007 23:51:49 -0500
Subject: 2007 AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION!!!

MICROSOFT MEGA JACKPOT LOTTERY CANADA.

REF NO: MSW/56B-672H/L

BATCH: 4583JL/WIN


MICROSOFT EMAIL LOTTERY AWARD PROMOTION: CANADA

Finally today, we announce the winners of the MICROSOFT MEGA JACKPOT LOTTO
WINNINGS PROGRAMS held on 10th of January, 2007. Your company or your
personal e-mail address, attached to winning number 23-76-06-54-42-100, With
serial number 647489, consequently won in the First lottery category.

You have been approved for lump sums pay out of $500,000,000 USD (FIVE
HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS) in cash Credited to file REF NO:
MSW/56B-672GH/L and winning number 23-76-06-54-42-100. Selection process was
carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection
machine (TOPAZ) from a database of over 1,000,000 email addresses drawn from
all the continents of the world.


The online draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses

from an exclusive list of 29,031 E-mail addresses of individuals and
corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from
the internet. No ticket were sold but all email addresses were assigned to
different ticket numbers for representation and privacy. This is to
encourage our prominent Microsoft Internet Explorer users all over the
world, and for the Continues use of E-mail.


Your fund (Certified Cashiers Cheque) has been insured with your REF NO:
MSW/56B-672GH/L and winning number 23-76-06-54-42-100. To claim your winning
prize, you must first contact the claims department by email for Processing
and remittance of your prize to you.


The Claims Processor:

Name: Mr. Vincent Bruce

Tel: 647 402 6457

E-mail:vincent_claims_dept2@mac.com

vincent_bruce2006@o2,pl

Do email the above email address all at once. In order to avoid unnecessary
delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and
winning numbers in all correspondences with your claims officer. You are to
keep all lotto information away from the general public especially your
ticket number and ballot number.

(This is important as a case of double claims will not be entertained)


PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU ARE TO SEND THE BELOW INFORMATION REQUIRED TO CLAIM
YOUR WINNING PRIZE:

1.Full Name:..............................................................

2.Address:.................................................................

3.Nationality:............................................................

4.Age:.........................Date of Birth:............................

5.Occupation:.............................................................

6.Phone:...............Phone 2:...................Fax:.................

7.State of Origin:......................Country:..........



Sincerely,

Mrs. Maurrine H. Diane

Online Co-ordinator Secretary

LOTTERY SPONSOR

Microsoft Corporation Canada




____________________________________________________________________________________

Note;
Do not reply this mail, you are to contact your claims officer immediately
by email. Microsoft Electronic Mail Lottery is approved and Licensed by the
The International Association of Gaming

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