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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: "Microsoft and face book Lottery" <>
Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2013 11:38:15 GMT
Subject: Winning Alert

Microsoft and face book Online Award
Suite 7, 415 Bow Road,
Docklands, London.
United Kingdom.

Attn: Esteemed Bearer,

We happily announce to you the draw of the Sweepstake
Lottery International programs held on 1st March 2013 in
LONDON ENGLAND. Your e-mail address was attached to ticket
number: EAASL-530877.And subsequently won you the lottery in
the 3rd category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of
450,000.00 (Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Pounds Sterling)
This is from a total cash prize Shared amongst the first ten
(10) lucky winners in this category.

Please note that your lucky Winning number falls within our
Europe booklet representative in LONDON,ENGLAND as indicated
in your play coupon.

In view of this, your 450.000.00 (Four Hundred and Fifty
Thousand pounds sterling) fund, would be released to you by
our fiduciary agent in LONDON, ENGLAND.Our Fiduciary agent
will immediately commence the process to facilitate the
release of your check up as soon as you contact him.

To begin your claim please contact our licensed and
accredited agent assigned to you
Prof, Charles Bean.
Possition. Deputy Governor,
The Bank of England.[B.O.E]

To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, you are to
contact Prof, Charles Bean. with the followings details
(1) Your contact address.
(2) Your Tel/Fax numbers.
(3) Your Nationality/Country.
(4) Your Full Names.
(5) sex
{6} Age.
{7} Occupation.

Quote your Ticket number in correspondences with us to our
designated agent. Winners under 18 years of age will be
automatically disqualified.

Congratulations, once more from all members and staffs of
this program. Thank you for being part of this promotional
lottery program. Our special thanks and gratitude to Sultan
of Brunei, Face Book and Bill Gates of Microsoft and all his

You are expected to keep your winning details to yourself in
strict confidence for security reasons.

DIRECTLY. Prof, Charles Bean:


Dr. Andrew Herbert.
Microsoft Promotion Award Team.

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