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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: "Microsoft Department of Promotion"<>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2009 13.31.53 +0200
Subject: Microsoft Department of Promotion

Microsoft Department of Promotion
Microsoft Italy s.p.a.
Dpt 2444 .
via del casale vecchio 2 Roma,
Attention: Lucky Winner,
A happy new year to you, as we congratulate you, being one of the lucky winners of the result of the Annual Microsoft Email Award held on the 1rst of July2009 in Italy . Your email address emerged as one of the 10 lucky winners selected electronically by our Electronic lotto Wheel. The total sum of ?1.500,000 (One Million five hundred thousand euro) has been accredited to your email address file number.

Winners were selected randomly from our list of millions of email addresses around Europe, Asia, some parts of South America to promote computer literacy worldwide as well as to advertise our software and computer products. This promotion was sponsored by a conglomerate of software and computer promotion companies like Intel Group, Toshiba, Dell Computers Apple, and other International software and computers manufacturing Companies.
Your email address number in our file was chosen in the European lottery Coupon network whereby your number came up as one of the lucky winners of our prize money, hence, your price money will be remitted to your choice account, in your country through CITIBANK European Branch.
Your winning details are as follows:

Batch No: ITR154701
Email File No:IT0012
Coupon No: ITR00630
Amount Won: 1.500,000 (One Million Five Hundred Thousand Euro)

Contact CITIBANK Italia immediately for verification, processing and transferring of your price money to you in your country. Remember to forward them your winning details for confirmation.

Full Name :

Tel Number:


Occupation :


Contact Citibank with the below contact info:

Contact Info:
Foreign Remittance Department
Citibank Italia s.p.a
Contact person
Gucciadi Munzi
Simone Belucci

C/Aroporto-Luz No111 Roma Italy

TEL: + 39-328-654-7912

Fax + 39-06-6051-3297


On behalf of our CEO Mr. Bill Gates, all the 2009 promotion sponsors, we congratulate you on your winning..
Mrs. Manzanita Faro Prof. Tom Southgate
(Publicity Secretary) (On-line Coordinator)

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