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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: Rose Deleshaw <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 05:08:06 -0800



We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws held on the 15th of December 2007 by Pepsi Bottling Company
Promotion, your email was amongst the 50 Lucky winners who won $2,000,
000.00 each on the Pepsi Bottling Company promotion award.

The Pepsi bottling company was founded by Mr.Caleb Bradham in the year 1898, August 28, and applied for trademark with the U.S. Patent Office, Washington D.C, and forms the first Pepsi-Cola Company in the year 1902-1905, Pepsi-Cola's first bottling franchises are established in Charlotte and Durham, North Carolina.

However the results were released on the 17th of December 2007 and your email attached to ticket number (4422) and Serial number (14755) 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. However, no tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy.

The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection machine (TOPAZ) from a database of over 250,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world. This Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and also Licensed by the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR).This lottery is the 4th of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public.

For remittance of winning , Winners are to come over to our regional
office in West Africa, Nigeria. And for those who cannot make the trip over
to Nigeria in person should contact the Pepsi Promotion remittance officer in
Nigeria as soon as possible for him to arrange an alternative for you. If you
can make the trip, you are also required to contact the remittance officer.

PEPSI-COLA WINNERS DOCUMENTATION FORM=====================================Full Names:Address:Age:Sex:Marital Status:Occupation:Country:Nationality:Telephone/Fax number:Ticket Number:Serial Number:
ACCIDENTIAL CLAIMS REQUIREMENT:==============================Next Of Kin:Address Of Next Of Kin: Sex Of Next Of Kin:Age Of Of Next Of Kin:Telephone Number Of Next Of Kin:E-mail Address Of Next Of Kin:
NB: For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential until your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned.

To claim your winning prize, you must first contact the claims department by email for processing and remittance of your prize to you. You are required to fill and submit the above particulars to Dr. Mike Gerald (Overseas Claims/African Payment Officer) with the below email address.
Your assigned claims officer contact email is: ------------------------------------------------ Name: Dr. Mike GeraldContact Email: +234 806 062 1352

NOTE: Upon receipt of this informations, Our payment unit will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. You may wish to establish contact via e-mail with the particulars presented below sending the above informations for quick verifications and release of funds between the hours of 8.00am - 17.30pm on Monday - Sartuday.

Staff of Pepsi Bottling Company are not to partake in this Lottery.
Accept my hearty congratulations once again!

Regards,Mrs. Rose DeleshawPromotion Co-ordinator,Pepsi International Award.Sweepstakes International Program.

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