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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 WINDOWS PROMOTION <dr.samual-bent22@hotmail.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 14:41:56 +0000
Subject: CONGRATULATION YOUR EMAIL HAVE WON !!!



Yahoo/MsnLotteryIncoperationBaley House, Har RoadSutton, Greater LondonSM1 4teUnited KingdomThis is to inform you that you have won a prize money of(200,000.00)TWO HUNDREDT HOUSAND GREAT BRITAIN POUNDS STERLINGSfor theYAHOO/MSN LOTTERY INC & WINDOWS LIVE Lotterypromotion which is organized by YAHOO/MSN LOTTERY INC & WINDOWS LIVE.YAHOO&MSN MICROSOFT WINDOWS, collects all the email addressesof the peoplethat are active online, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo andHotmailwe only select five people as our winners throughelectronicballoting System without the winner applying,we congratulate you forbeing oneof the people selected .PAYMENT OF PRIZE AND CLAIMYou are to contact your Claims Agent on or before your dateof Claim, Winners Shall be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Centre.Yahoo/Msn Lottery Prize must be claimed no later than 15 days from dateof DrawNotification after the Draw date in which Prize has won.Any prize notclaimedwithin this period will be forfeited.These are your identification numbers:Batch number.....................YM 09102XNReff number.......................YM35447XNWinning number...................YM09788These numbers fall within your Location file,you arerequestedtocontactEVENTS AGENT MANAGER,send your winning identification numbers to themat thiscontact address below.(CONTACT EVENTS AGENT MANAGER)Mr.KELVIN MAXWELLEMAIL:kelvin_maxwell@hotmail.comPhone +44 70359 01062Phone +447024093922You are therefore advised to send the following information totheEVENTS AGENTto facilitate them and process of your money.1. Full name..............2. Sex..............3. Country................4. State.............5. Contact Address........6. Telephone Number.......7. Marital Status.........8. Occupation.............9. Age....................10.Nest Of Kin..........11.Zip Code.............Congratulations!! once again.Yours in service,Dr Samuel Bent
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