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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: "Janet Collins" <>
Date: 21 Aug 2007 04:26:30 -0000

HONDA INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS13-3 Ichiban-cho,Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo, 102-8414Japan&nbsp;The Board of Directors, members of staff and the International Awareness Promotional Department of the Honda Automobile Corporation, wishes to congratulate you as one of our FIVE (5) STAR PRIZE WINNERS in this year’s Honda Automobile International Awareness Promotional Program (IAPP), held on August 20th, 2007, in Tokyo, Japan.&nbsp;Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 drew the lucky numbers: 20-22-23-26-31-47 that subsequently won IAPP lottery in the 2nd category.&nbsp;Therefore, you have been approved to claim a total sum of 1,000,000 (ONE MILLION DOLLARS). Further, you are eligible for our drawing of a brand new Honda; if you win, the great news is that you get to select from any of our models. The car comes with Honda Insurance Coverage for one complete year.&nbsp;Again, congratulations on your present winnings and as I said you are now eligible to also receive a brand new Honda of your choice!FURTHER ENQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT.................................................................................Name: Mr Andrew DouglasIAPP Claims OfficerEMAIL:;Please contact Mr.Paul Brown with all details given in this mail. He will assist you with your winnings and enter you for the drawing for your brand NEW HONDA.&nbsp;Reminder: all prize money must be claimed no later than ONE MONTH. All funds not claimed on or before that date are subject to forfeiture and or penalties accordingly.&nbsp;NOTE: Please remember in all correspondences with our claims officer to remit all given ticket numbers this will avoid unnecessary delays.
Sincerely yours,&nbsp;Tetsuo Iwamura,Director Lottery OperationsHONDA INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS13-3 Ichiban-cho,Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo, 102-8414,Japan.

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