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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: "EXXON MOBIL" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <jerryhughes@sify.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Dec 2009 13:07:03 +0800
Subject: OFFICIAL WINNING NOTIFICATION!

FROM THE DESK OF THE EXXON MOBIL UNITED KINGDOM
{EXXON UNITED KINGDOM}
42 Garden Close, Stamford, Lincs,PE9 2YP,London

OFFICIAL WINNING NOTIFICATION!

Award numbers: UK209/7811
Email ticket numbers: UK901/44/65
Batch numbers: UK44/707/3PDH /EU
The file reference numbers: HL/9122/31/11/UKMB
Serial Numbers: UKST/030/NL0981

It is obvious that this notification will come to you as a surprise but please find time to read it carefully as we congratulate you over your success in the following official publication of results of the E-mail electronic online Sweepstakes organized by Exxon Mobil in the month of
December 2009,London-England. Your electronic email address emerged as one of the online winning emails in the 1st category and therefore attracted a cash award of L500,000,00 (Five Hundred Thousand GBP only).

For verification purpose is sure to include:

(1) Your mailing address:.......................
(2) Your Tel (Mobile):..........................
(3) Your Nationality/Country:...................
{4} Your Full Names:............................

To file for your claim, Please reply to this contact Below!
*******************************************************************

FOREIGN PROCESSING AND APPROVAL MANAGER
NAME : MR. JERRY HUGHES
TELEPHONE: +447031896559
E-mail: jerryhughes@sify.com

*******************************************************************

CONGRATULATIONS!

Yours Faithfully,

MRS.LIZA CHARLTON
(CO-ORDINATOR)





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