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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: "CHINA TELECOM" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2010 15:03:17 +0800

Dear: Sir/Madam,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the CHINA MOBILE / CHINA TELECOM ONLINE International Lottery programs that entered on your e-mail addresses among other address for the international lottery programs conducted As a result of visiting various websites, were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 companies and 30,000,000 individuals e-mail addresses from all over the word as part our electronic automobile e-business and telecommunication promotion programmed in china.
Your e-mail address attached to the ticket number 606-000-0001 with serial number 793, drew lucky numbers 2, 16, 18, 30, 43, 17, and Bonus numbers "66" , Your INSURANCE Number: CMOBILEJ2L/ 2010
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 2,500,000 companies and 30,000,000 individuals email addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place every year. This lottery was SPONSORED BY CHINA MOBILE AND CHINA TELECOMMUNICATION GROUP. please be advised that your sum of US$1,250,000.00 is ready to be paid to you. However, you have automatically qualified to take part in our next year US$2,500,000 International lottery programs.
To file for your claim now, please contact Kiramic Finance Home agent to re-insure your wining under your full name.
Customer services Hotline: +86 15217454831
Please provide him with your 6 digit numbers 2, 16, 18, 30, 43, 17 and your password RRTAZ. You are also advised to provide him with the under listed information as soon as possible:
1. Name in full:
2. Address:
3. Nationality:
4. Age:
5. Occupation:
6. Phone/Fax:
If you do not contact your claims agent within 7 working days of this notification, your winnings would be revoked. Winners are advised to keep their winning details/information from the public to avoid fraudulent claim (IMPORTANT) pending the transfer/claim by Winner. Congratulations once again!
Sincerely yours,
Mr. Chou Tseng

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