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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 AWARD TEAM CENTER <dr_marktom@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2007 06:28:46 -0700
Subject: RE: You have Been Cleared For Payment (Contact The Bank For
Transfer).









FROM: THE DESK OF THE E-MAIL PROMOTIONS MANAGER INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT, MICROWEB CORPORATION WORLD LOTTERY BOARD UNITED KINGDOM.61-70 Southampton Row, Bloomsbury London United Kingdom WC1B 4AR.
Tel: +44-7011130769

REFERENCE NO: BTD/968/07
BATCH NO: 409978





ATTENTION:Mehul Chagan Rawal,



Top of the day and Goodday to you.

This is to acknowledge the receipt of your filled claims verification form that was received by us. I must say that you should count your self extremely lucky to have emerged as one of our winners in this years lucky dip sweepstakes.

We would recommend our affiliate Bank for your bank transfer as they have been under a contract with us for quite a long time now to Transfer such huge sums to our Winners.


On that note we would require you to contact the Bank and arrange with them to transfer your funds to you, be aware that Microsoft Corparation will only deposit your check to them and will not be responsible for any COT charges incured.

Below is the Bank Contact:Bank Name: Halifax Bank Plccontact person: Antonio petersEmail: halifaxbankplc@onlinetransfer-unit.co.uk Tel: +447045708973 I advice you give them your reference and batch number to present to them before they can release your funds to you. Do not hesitate to contact us for more information. Kindly contact us the moment you receive your Money.

Thanks for being part of our lottery.Congratulations,
Mr Mark TomMICROSOFT AWARD TEAM.United Kingdom +44 701 113 0769


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