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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: "BRITISH AMERICA TOBACCO AWARD" <info.tobacco@yahoo.com>
Reply-To: bthameritco@qatar.io
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 21:52:46 +0800
Subject: Winning cash prize=?ISO-8859-1?Q?_of_=A31?=,000,000.00 GBP

BRITISH AMERICA TOBACCO LOTTERY cash
PO Box 1010
Manchester L70 1NL, United Kingdom.
Ref: XYL /26510460037/05
Batch: 24/00319/IPD

WINNING NOTIFICATION

We happily announce to you the draw winner of the BRITISH AMERICA TOBACCO
LOTTERY cash prize of £1,000,000.00 GBP (ONE Million Pounds Sterlings) held
this April 2010 in London Uk.The selection process was carried out through
random selection in our computerized email selection system(ess) from a
database of over 250,000 email addresses drawn from which you were selected.

The BRITISH UK. Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board. To begin the
processing of your prize you are to contact our fiduaciary claims department
for more infomation as regards procedures to claim your prize.

Agents Name: Fred Williams
Email: btobaccoaward@yahoo.com
Tel: +447024096270
+ 44 702 402 8482
Fax: + 44 7075767527

1.Name..........................
2.Address.......................
3.Nationality...................
4.Age...........................
5.Sex...........................
6.Occupation....................
7.Phone/Fax.....................
8.cOUNTRY.....................

Cordially,
Jessica Miller.
Online Co-ordinator
BRITISH AMERICA TOBACCO LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program


__________ Information from ESET Mail Security, version of virus signature database 5028 (20100414) __________

The message was checked by ESET Mail Security.
http://www.eset.com


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