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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: Blackberry Online Lottery <alksly7@att.net>
Reply-To: m_smithson@sify.com
Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2010 22:31:34 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Your Email Address have won a LUMP SUM OF $ 1,000,000.00.




FROM: THE DESK OF THE E-MAIL PROMOTIONS MANAGER INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT, UNITED KINGDOM.61-70 Southampton Row, Bloomsbury London United Kingdom WC1B 4AR

 

Dear Winner,

 

We happily announce to you the Draw (Batch #22) of Blackberry Online Lottery ® held on the 17th August, 2010.Your E-mail Address attached to Ticket Number: 43566, was picked at random from our computer system. You have won a LUMP SUM OF $ 1,000,000.00 (ONE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS) PAYABLE BY EITHER TELEGRAPHIC WIRE TRANSFER (T/T) INTO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT OR CERTIFIED CASHIERS CHECK.

 

You are advised to contact your fiduciary claims agent

 

Hon Mike Smithson 

E-MAIL:  m_smithson@sify.com

Tel:  +447031744648                                    

Fax: +44844 774 3857

 

Email all the below information to him for immediate processing of your winning.

 

YOUR FULL NAMES:

NATIONALITY:                   

SEX:

AGE:

MARITAL STATUS:

TEL NO:

FAX:

NEXT OF KIN:

OCCUPATION:

 

Be sure to forward the mentioned information to your assigned fiduciary agent to enhance the processing and remittance of your won prized package.

 

Once again congratulations.

 

Yours Truly,

Mrs. Ritchie Brookes.

Online Co-coordinator ® (c) 2010 All Rights Reserved. 

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