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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: "Rodrigo Giraldo Velasquez" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 12 May 2010 06:51:44 +0100
Subject: For The Last Time...

We are pleased to remind you of the Coca Cola Mega (E-MAIL) Award for 25.5, million Pounds. Please; confirm if you received our previous messages and the letter sent to your house address with;

E-ticket number: 8803546510 010,
Category: 3rd,
Draw: 8903,
Match: 10 plus bonus
Amount: £25.5, million British Pounds ($38.9 Million US Dollars).

You may reply this mail with this information's: Name:, Address:, Phone:, Cell Phone:, Email:, Alternative Email:, Occupation:, and Position for reconfirmation. It is 24 days to claims deadline.

Best Regards,

Rodrigo Giraldo Velasquez
Coca Cola Management Board, Copyright © 1951-2010

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