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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, 26 Sep 2008 12:57:37 +0300
Subject: 2008 Honda Promo

=3CBR=3E=3CBR=3EHONDA COMPANY UK=AE=2E =3CBR=3EAn Affiliate of Honda Uk=2E= =3CBR=3E28 TANFIELD ROAD=2C =3CBR=3ELONDON=2C UK=2E =3CBR=3E=3CBR=3EWe = are pleased to inform you of the release=2C of the long awaited results = =3CBR=3Eof the HONDA CAR INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAM=2C your email a= ddress has =3CBR=3Eluckly won you the star-prize of 1=2C750=2C000=2E00 G= BP =2Econtact the claims =3CBR=3Eagent=2E =3CBR=3E=3CBR=3EClaims Officer= =3A Mr=2E Richard Olsen =3CBR=3EEmail Address=3A honda08=40live=2Eco=2Eu= k =3CBR=3ETel=3A=26nbsp=3B=26nbsp=3B +44 703-190-3141 =3CBR=3E=3CBR=3EYo= u are also advised to provide him with the under listed information as =3C= BR=3Esoon as possible=3A =3CBR=3E=3CBR=3E1=2EName in full =3CBR=3E2=2EAd= dress =3CBR=3E3=2ENationality =3CBR=3E4=2EAge =3CBR=3E5=2EOccupation =3C= BR=3E6=2EPhone/Fax =3CBR=3E7=2EPresent Country =3CBR=3E8=2EMale/female =3C= BR=3E=3CBR=3EYours Sincerely=2C =3CBR=3E(MR=2E)VALAYAMGHAT RAGHAVAN(Prog= ram Co-ordinator=2E)=3CBR=3E=3CBR=3E

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