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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: "Hufnal, John" <>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2009 10:25:26 -0500
Subject: Your Email Was Selected In The Microsoft Lottery Promo

Microsoft Award Team
20 Craven Park, Harlesden London NW10,United Kingdom.

Microsoft Award Notification

This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND POUND(£500,000.00) for the New Edition 2009 Lottery promotion which is organized by YAHOO LOTTERY INC & WINDOWS LIVE.YAHOO & MICROSOFT WINDOWS,collects all the email addresses of the people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo and Hotmail we only select five people every Month as our winners through electronic balloting System without the winner applying, we congratulate you for being one of the people selected.


You are to contact your Claims Agent with immediate effect to faciliatethe protocol of your winning prized before the date of Claim, Winners Shall be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Centre Prize must be claimed not later than 15 days from date of Draw Notification after the Draw date in which Prize has won. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.

These are your identification numbers:

Batch Number: P2/0056/2009
Ticket Number: PP 3812 /2009-02
Ref Number: KPL/09-002/JA.
cash prize of £500,000.00 GBP

To begin your claim please contact our licensed and accredited agent assigned to you

Mr. Nicholas Moore
Phone: +44-703-197-1810

You are therefore advised to send the following information to the claims agent to facilitate them and in order for them to have access in proceeding with the transferred of your funds to your nominated bank account.

1. Full name............
2. Country..............
3. Contact Address........
4. Telephone Number.......
5. Occupation............
6. Age....................

Msn Lottery Prize must be claimed not later than 15 days, starting from the day you received the notification. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.

Please note: This e-mail was sent from a notification-only address that cannot accept incoming e-mail. Please do not reply to this message except the verification manager Mr.Nicholas Moore

Congratulations!! once again.

Yours in service,
Mr. Hufnal John.
(Operation Manager)
Microsoft Award Team


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