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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 Promotion Team <>
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2009 13:16:20 -0300
Subject: Notification

Microsoft Award Team
Victoria Street London
SW1E 5JL,United Kingdom
Ref: BTD/968/09
Batch: 409978E.

Dear Internet User,


This is to inform you that the sum of £500.000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand
Great Britain Pounds) has been awarded to you as cash grant from the
Microsoft and AOL Company for this year 2009 cash grant Award.

Your email address as indicated was drawn and attached to ticket number
080775787555 with serial numbers BTD/0257903122/07 and drew the lucky
numbers 04-06-09-90-09-22(07) which subsequently won you £500.000
(Five Hundred Thousand Great Britain Pounds)The draws registered as Draw
number one was conducted in Brockley,London United Kingdom on the 29th
of October 2009.

Contact your fiduciary agent Mr.Gilbert Wood, Head Winning Claims Dept.
Email: , Tel: +447045785875
with the information listed below.

1. Full Names:
2. Home Address:
3. Age:
4. Sex:
5. Marital Status:
6. Occupation:
7. Phone numbers:
8. Country:

Our special thanks and gratitude to Bill Gates and his associates.
We wish you the best of luck.

Mr. Alan Carter
Head Customer Care Service
Microsoft Promotion Team

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