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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:

Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 01:16:01 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Congratulations from Face book / Yahoo Messenger Chat Award

                    FACE BOOK / YAHOO MESSENGER CHAT WORLDWIDE AWARDS CENTER                                FACE BOOK SIX YEARS ANNIVERSARY PROMOTIONS FOR 2011 Ref: FB/968/09Batch: 409978EFace book / Yahoo Messenger Chat Executive! Prize Results, You won GBP£820,000.00! Facebook! Mail congratulates you! Face book! / Yahoo Messenger! Company announces you as one of the 10 lucky winners in the ongoing face book emails prize draw for the year 2011. All 10 winning email addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 50,000.000 international Emails each from Canada, Australia, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania. As part of our international promotions program which is conducted annually, consequently, you have been approved for a total pay out of GBP£820,000.00 (Eight Hundred and Twenty Thousand Great British Pounds Sterling) Only This face book and yahoo messenger chat promotion was promoted and
sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have operational base. Further more your details (E-mail address) falls within our British representative office in United Kingdom, as indicated in your email box and your prize money of  GBP£820,000.00 Equivalent to ($1,308,883.99  USD) will be released to You through our corresponding assign payment bank.                                          HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE             Contact Face book / Yahoo messenger chat agent for notice of claims.                                         Contact Fiduciary Agent:                                                 Dr.Mrs.Josephine Fitzpatrick                        Face book / Yahoo Messenger Chat Award Services Center (U.K) You’re instructed to send the completed
verification form detail’s below to our agent in the United   Kingdom whose email address is given below so that you will be advised on what to do to get your prize Money through our corresponding payment bank here in England (United Kingdom).     Emails:,  internationalexcutiv@meta.uaTEL :( +44)-703 174 3516 FAX :( +44)-844 774 1185  FULL NAME: --------DATE OF BIRTH: ----MARITAL STATUS----OCCUPATION: ----HOME ADDRESS-----ZIP CODE: -------COUNTRY: --- NATIONALITY: ----CELL NO----TEL: NO------FAX: NO-------         For security reasons, we advice you as one of a winner to keep your winning information confidential from the Public until your claim is proceed and your prize money remitted to your designated bank account of your choice. This is part of our Face book / Yahoo messenger chat online security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this program by non-selected winner or
unofficial personnel. Yours Sincerely, Rev. William Gerri (PHD) FACE BOOK Co-coordinator England.The Face Book / Yahoo Messenger Chat Staff.For inquiry} do contact this email address here: awardboardcla2010@meta.uaFace book Price Results!Tel:  +44-703 174 6689Fax: +44- 844 774 1480Email:

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