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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2009 14:15:50 +0800
Subject: Confirm Your Email Address Immediately

Tannet-Group Limited
24 wilford park, London. United Kingdom
Telephone: 0044-70592-2230690
Mobile Phone: 0044-713950075619
Fax: 0044-70592-2230691
...Tannet-Group COMPANY 2009 E-MAIL AWARDS...
Dear winner,
We the Tannet-Group board of directors like to officially
congratulate you for the draw that was just held by our company which
featured you as the second place winner.Our company holds promotions
each year,based on the random selection exercise of internet service
providers (ISP) and millions of Super market cash invoices worldwide. This
promotion is just one of various ways we are presently using to achieve
this global vision of ours. Your email address with
MICROS ID ( GUI-57010-JHN-624TM-2XL ) was luckily drawn to be this
year's second place winner of a Brand New 2009 Cadillac Escalade and a cash
prize of $570,000 United States Dollars.This money and gift we believe
will enable you make some impact in the society and possibly invest in
our company in the near future.
Prizes won : 2009 Cadillac Escalade and The Sum Of $570,000USD cash
Your Micros ID is : GUI-57010-JHN-624TM-2XL
Contact company Agent Mr.Edward de Bono also responsible for your claims
who is our claims official in Europe..United Kingdom and can understand
your english and some european languages.
Your Full Name :
Address :
Country :
Phone number :
Age :
Gender :
Occupation :
Winning e-mail:
Micros ID :
Name: Mr.Edward de Bono
Email :
Address: 24 wilford park, London. United Kingdom
Phone: (+447024074988)
Note: All funds should be claimed by their respective beneficiaries, not
later that 7 days after notification.And should send contact Mr.Edward de Bono
with their properly filled form with this e-mail

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