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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: Heineken Bottling Company <>
Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2018 10:01:13 -0800
Subject: Your e-mail address emerge winner of our promo



Dear Lucky Winner,

We are delighted to inform you the result of the annual final draws of
Heineken Annual Promo.

The online Heineken Annual Promo draws was conducted by a random
selection of E-mail addresses from an exclusive list of 29,031 E-mail
addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced
automated random computer (TOPAZ) search from the internet. However, no
tickets were sold but all E-mail addresses were assigned to different
ticket numbers for representation and privacy.

After this automated computer ballot, your E-mail address emerged as one
of the Eight (8) lucky winners in the fourth category for the second
prize with the following data:

Ref Number: ASL/941OYI/02/SHYN
Batch Number: HGL-14/28/0046
Ticket Number: 025-11464992-750

You as well as the other winners, are therefore to receive a cash prize
of Six Hundred United States Dollars $600.000.00USD for the total

Your prize award has been insured with your E-mail address and will be
transferred to you upon meeting the requirements, statutory obligations,
verification's, validations and satisfactory report. Please note that
your lucky winning number falls within our European/African
representative office , and your prize of US$600,000.00 will be released
to you from your regional branch office.

You are required to Contact your agent Reverend Kelvin Philimon to help
you in processing your winning fund via his e-mail:

Thank you and congratulations once again!

Yours faithfully,
Mr. David Mark
HEINEKEN Games/Lottery Coordinator.

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