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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: UK MICRO SOFT LOTTERY <uklot_l58@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2007 11:41:55 +0200
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION FILE No: B665 75608567.







MOTTO: FIGHTING POVERTY AROUND THE WORLD

FROM: THE DESK OF THE MICROSOFT™ PROMOTIONS MANAGER
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
61-70 SOUTHAMPTON ROW, BLOOMSBURY LONDON
UNITED KINGDOM WC1B 4AR.

EMAIL CONTACT:
companyconsultant1@gmail.com

REF.:PEC/9030108308/07. Batch: 15/76/EF36.
Serial No: SALP97585. FILE No: B665 75608567.
Security code: ZA/183/RR

ELECTRONIC EMAIL AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION AWARD PRESENTATION CENTER :
UNITED KINGDOM

ATTN: WINNER,

Microsoft™ Corporation management worldwide is pleased to inform you that you are a winner of our annual MICROSOFT™ USER AWARD-Lottery conducted in UNITED KINGDOM .

Your personal e-mail address or company email was attached to Serial No: SALP97585. Consequently winning in the first lottery category.

You have therefore been approved for a total sums of £1,000,000.00 (One Million United Kingdom Pounds)
Credited to FILE No: B665 75608567. With REF.:PEC/9030108308/07.
This is from total prize money of £60,000,000.00 shared among the Sixty (60) lucky Worldwide winners in first category.
All participants were selected through our Microsoft computer ballot system,drawn from Canada, Asia, Australia, United States, Europe, Middle East,Africa and Oceania .As part of international "MICROSOFT™ USER"
promotions program, this is conducted annually.

CALL OR CONTACT CLAIM OFFICE THROUGH EMAIL
Mr. Glen Adams. PROMOTION MANAGER.

157-197 Buckingham palace roadsLondon sw1w 9sp
Tel:
+ 44 702 409 5270
+44 702 409 4970


Contact Email:
companyconsultant1@gmail.com Remember, all prize money must be claimed within 30 days of this notification. All funds not claimed on or before the fixed date will be returned as unclaimed and donated to charity organizations. Congratulations, once more from the entire management and staff of Microsoft™ corporation to all our lucky winners this year. Thank you for being part of this promotional lottery program.


Sincerely,

MRS. BROWN CATHY

(SECRETARY)


AWARD SPONSORS

MICROSOFT™ CORPORATION.


Please call your claim agent if your mail was not responded to within 24 hours:

PLEASE SEND A COPY OF YOUR CONTACT INFORMATIONS TO BOTH EMAILS PROVIDED ABOVE.




1, FULL NAMES:

2, DATE OF BIRTH:

3, PRESENT CONTACT ADDRESS:

4, NATIONALITY AND PLACE OF RESIDENCE:

5, TELEPHONE / MOBILE

6, YOUR WINNING SERIAL AND REF NO :

7, WINNING EMAIL ADDRESS:

8, OCCUPATION:

9, SEX :

10. TOTAL AMOUNT WON : £1,000,000.00 ONLY

11, MODE OF PAYMENT;

i Bank Transfer {T/T}

12,COMPANY IF ANY:


For Security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information CONFIDENTIAL

Microsoft™ takes all reasonable steps to ensure that the information in this email is accurate.
However, the company gives no warranty, whether express or implied, regarding the content of this email, nor do we accept liability for any loss or damage which may result from your receipt of this message. Any decision made by an individual based on information in this email is the responsibility of that individual alone. You have to note that the only person that have the right to represent you in your claim is your appointed Agent only.
Copyright © 1998-2007 The MICROSOFT™ Inc. All rights reserved. Terms of Service - Guideline
_________________________________________________________________
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