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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 LONDON" <misoawlo2@torba.com>
Reply-To: disbursement.managerpaulwinters@hotmail.com
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 11:20:52 +0200
Subject: *MICROSOFT AWARD NOTIFICATION*


MOTTO: FIGHTING POVERTY AROUND
THE WORLD

FROM: THE DESK OF THE MICROSOFT™ PROMOTIONS MANAGER INTERNATIONAL
PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
90 Long Acre,Covent Garden
LONDON,WC2E 9RZ United Kingdom.

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™ co-operation 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 £1000000.00 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,
shared among the Seventy-five (75) 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.


*CONTACT CLAIM OFFICE
*
*MR.PAUL WINTERS
PROMOTION MANAGER.
**
24hrs hot-line :Tel:44-703 182 07 15
Tel:44-702 402 94 81
Fax:44-870 479 62 30*
*Email: disbursement.managerpaulwinters@hotmail.com***

Remember, all prize money must be claimed within 90 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™ co-operation 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:

SEND A COPY OF YOUR CONTACT INFORMATIONS TO BOTH EMAILS PROVIDED ABOVE.
1, Full Names:
2, Date of birth:
3, Present Contact Address:
4, Country Of Residence:
5, Tel/Fax:
6, Your Winning serial and ref. no.:
7, Winning Email address:
8, Occupation
9, Sex:
10 Total amount won: £1000000.00
11, Mode Of Payment
i Bank Transfer {T/T}


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 (c) 1998-2008 The MICROSOFT™ Inc.
All rights reserved. Terms of Service - Guideline

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