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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: "Visa CardX/MsnX INTERNATIONAL" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <visacard.award@gmx.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2009 13:35:03 -0800
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your E-mail Has Won X500,000.00 GBP

Visa Card® / Msn® INTERNATIONAL MEGA JACKPOT
PROMOTION/CLAIMS DEPARTMENT
440 THE STRAND LONDON, WC2R 0QS
ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
DIRECTOR:Dr Glenn Edward

Attn:Winner

Winning No:VCard/877/798/2009
Email Ref No:VCard/699/33/2009

AMOUNT WON:500,000.00GBP (Five Hundred Thousand Great Britain Pounds).

This email address has brought you an unexpected luck,Your e-mail address was selected and confirmed by our co-sponsor Msn International,through their latest internet software.You are therefore been approved by Visa Card Int./Msn UK the sum of 500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Great Britain Pounds).

===================================
CONTACT CLAIMS ADMINISTRATOR
===================================

NAME: Robert James
Email: visacard.award@gmx.com

Visa Card® /Msn® Promotion Department
Do email the above Claims Administrator, at once with all the claims requirements below.To avoid unnecessary delay.They are needed to proceed.

Claims Requirements:

1. Full Name:_____________________
2. Address:_____________________
3. Nationality:___________Sex:________
4. Age:________Date of Birth:___________
5. Occupation:_____________________
6. Cell Phone:___________Fax:___________
7. State of Origin:_________Country:_______
8.Winning No:_______Email Ref No:______
PROCEEDURES / RIGHTS AND PRECAUTIONS.

Secretary,

Mrs.Dora Lazmon
Visa Card® /Msn® Mega Jackpot
©2009 Microsoft Corporation.All rights reserved.

****PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL*****
This e-mail and any attached files are confidential and may be legally privileged. If you are not the addressee,
any disclosure, reproduction, copying, distribution, or other dissemination or use of this communication is strictly.

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