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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: =?iso-8859-1?b?TUFTVEVSQ0FSRK4=?= INTERNATIONAL AWARD MEGA JACKPOT <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2009 16:41:04 +0100
Subject: 2009 BENEFICIARY!!!

Executive Director: Mr. Chris Monteiro.

Dear Cash Winner,

Your e-mail address was selected and confirmed by our co-sponsor Microsoft
International, through their latest internet software. You have therefore been
approved by MasterCard® Int'l/Microsoft® Corporation UK the sum of £3.6 Million
Pounds (THREE MILLION, SIX HUNDRED POUNDS). These funds are in cash, Credited
to a valid cashier's check, with a winning Reg. No. MCIMJ: 36925/0751. Be
informed that your prize has been insured and ready for pay out to you. You are
to contact your assigned claims officer below with your required information's:

Name: Mr. Noah Sylvester.
Phone: +44 70457 70102.
Claims Verification Department.

Do email the above Claims Administrator, at once with this Claims Requirements;
1. Full Name: 2. Address: 3. Nationality: 4. Age: 5. Occupation: Nature of
Work: 6. Phone: Fax: 7. State of Origin: Country: 8. Sex: 9. Winning Email

Mode of Prize Remittance
(1) Cash Pick-Up (You coming Down to United Kingdom Personally to Pick Your
(2) Courier Delivery Of your Certified Winning Cheque and other Winning
Documents safely to you.

Yours sincerely,
Dr. David Ceule.
Head Customer Care Service.
Copyright © 2009 MasterCard Inc UK.

NOTE: Your required information above will only be used for the stated purpose
of assisting you legally to receive your prize as announced in this
notification letter. Any other distribution, use, or release of any of your
information to a third party is highly prohibited without your consent, to
maintain your privacy and personal safety.

Ein Service von

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